|Published:||Aug 12, 2010 5:02 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 13, 2010 4:31 AM EDT|
NEW YORK (AP) â€” Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was suspended for two days by the team Thursday, a day after he was charged with assaulting his father-in-law at a Citi Field family lounge following a game.
Rodriguez was placed on the restricted list and removed from the active roster. The Mets said he will not be with the team during that time. If not reversed, Rodriguez would lose $125,683 of his $11.5 million salary.
"Ownership and the organization are very disappointed in Francisco's inappropriate behavior and we take this matter very seriously," Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said.
Rodriguez was arrested and held at the ballpark and charged with third-degree assault after Wednesday night's game,police said. His father-in-law was in a hospital with a scraped face and bump on his head.
Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said Rodriguez was questioned by police, adding "all other questions pertaining to this matter can be addressed to police."
An hour before game time, no court action had been taken. Before the discipline was announced, Rodriguez's lawyer, Jay Reisinger, declined comment in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel, speaking before the suspension, said he wouldn't hesitate to use Rodriguez during Thursday's game against Colorado if the pitcher returned to Citi Field in time
"I'd like to wait and see or hear the whole story," Manuel said. "It's unfair to comment or accuse of something here or there."
General manager Omar Minaya, at the owners' quarterly meetings in Minneapolis, declined to comment before the suspension was announced.
"It just happened last night and we're working to gather more information," he said.
Several security guards, along with some women and children, were seen around the Mets' family lounge near the clubhouse after New York's 6-2 loss to the Rockies. Rodriguez's father-in-law had swelling above his right eyebrow.
Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said his wife and daughter were in the family room when it happened.
"I don't know exactly what happened," Reyes said. "You don't want to see that happen, especially here at the ballpark. I hope he comes clean about what happened because we need him here."
Rodriguez has had previous confrontations with a team official, a coach and an opponent in his 1Â½ seasons with the Mets, though none reached this level.
AP Baseball Writers Ben Walker in New York and Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this report.