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Manuel on K-Rod, pre-game

Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez turns to leave the

Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez turns to leave the media in the Mets clubhouse after he made a statement about the incident that he was involved in after the game on August 11. (August 14, 2010) Credit: Paul J. Bereswill

It was all K-Rod all the time with the Mets this afternoon. After Rodriguez’s short (less than a minute) statement to the press, Jerry Manuel talked about K-Rod’s apology.

“He was very apologetic as to the position that he put us in and felt the best way to repay us is to go out and do his job,” Manuel said. “I knew, knowing him, that there would be an apology…I knew he would be very apologetic.”

Manuel said that Rodriguez did not do one team apology but rather was approaching individual players to express his regrets.

“I’m not a psychologist or anything like that, but from what I know of him and the experiences I’ve had with him, I take it to be a very sincere apology,” Manuel said.

The manager said he has no hesitation to pitch K-Rod tonight, and if he doesn’t get in the game tonight then he’ll have to pitch tomorrow because of the days he’s had off between appearances.

Tomorrow of course, though, is an ESPN night game, and it’s doubtful the chorus of boos that could occur as K-Rod comes in from the bullpen would make the Mets too happy if it’s shown on national TV. My bet is he gets in the game at some point tonight, unless Mische has some kind of crazy shutout going. Not like that’s happened at all recently… 

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