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K-Rod taken into police custody after fight

New York Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts

New York Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts after the final out of bottom of the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Aug. 7, 2010) Credit: MCT

The Mets confirmed there was “an incident” between Francisco Rodriguez and his family at Citi Field Wednesday night, which involved Rodriguez being questioned by police. He was later taken into custody, according to multiple reports.

Rodriguez, the team’s closer, was not used in the 6-2 loss to the Rockies and appeared agitated when reporters approached him in the clubhouse afterward. There had been questions of manager Jerry Manuel as to why he didn’t use his closer with two outs in the eighth inning and the Mets holding a 2-1 lead.

Reporters wanted to ask the relief pitcher’s opinion (Manuel said he doesn’t like to use Rodriguez for a four-out save after he had pitched the previous night). And he grew angry, at one point reportedly angrily confronting a reporter from the Daily News.

About an hour later, Mets vice president Jay Horwitz gave this statement to reporters: “There was an incident between Francisco Rodriguez and his family tonight at the ballpark. He was questioned by police and all other questions pertaining to the incident can be referred to the police department."

The incident occurred a day after it was reported that another Mets pitcher, Johan Santana, was sued in Florida state court by a woman who accused him of sexual battery last October. Santana declined comment about the incident that was investigated by police. No charges were filed due to a lack of evidence.


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