Frankie Rodriguez Arrested For Assault, Father In Law Hospitalized

An article by posted on August 12, 2010

As reported by the Associated Press, New York Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez is in custody after what police called a “physical assault” on a family member at Citi Field. 

Police say Rodriguez will be charged with third-degree assault.

Police say the incident occurred after the Mets’ 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Police did not say which family member Rodriguez scuffled with, but said the unidentified man had minor injuries.

The Mets confirmed there was an incident between Rodriguez and his family, and referred all questions to the police.

Daily News updates the situation.

Rodriguez and his wife’s father brawled in a tunnel just outside the Mets clubhouse in the moments following the team’s 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

The father-in-law suffered facial abrasions and was taken by ambulance to Flushing Hospital shortly after the 10:15 p.m. incident, police said.

Rodriguez, 28, was charged with third-degree assault, police said.

Moments before the explosion with his family, Rodriguez snapped at reporters who asked why he was not summoned to pitch in a bases loaded situation in the 8th inning.

Investigators believe the emotional closer threw at least one punch during the altercation, which spilled into the hallway outside the team’s Family Lounge.

The Mets issued the following statement:

“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 this incident will be referred to the police department.”

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