Rodriguez put on disqualified list

Posted: 17/08/2010 in MLB

Mets place Rodriguez on disqualified list after thumb surgery

The  New  York  Mets  took  another  steptowards  distancing themselves  from embattled  closer Francisco  Rodriguez on Tuesday, placing him on the disqualified list.

The  move came  immediately following surgery to repair a torn ligament in the reliever’s  right thumb earlier Tuesday in Manhattan. Though the procedure was successful, Rodriguez will miss the remainder of the season.

As  a result of  being placed on the disqualified list, the Mets, who notified the  MLBPA of the  move, have the right to convert Rodriguez’s contract to one which is not guaranteed.

The  28-year-old  is due to make  $11.5 million in  2011, the last year of his contract.  However,  he has  an  option  for  2012  worth $17.5  million  that guaranteed  if Rodriguez finishes 55 games in 2011, finishes 100 games between 2010-11,  and if  doctors declare him healthy after the 2011 season. Rodriguez has finished 46 games this year.

It was another blow to the reputation of Rodriguez, who had been involved in a physical  confrontation following  a game at last Wednesday when he reportedly hit his girlfriend’s father.

The  incident took place at Citi Field following Wednesday night’s 6-2 loss to the  Colorado  Rockies, as the Venezuelan hurler allegedly hit Carlos Pena and was  then  taken into custody  by police. He was  released a day later without bail and the Mets subsequently issued a two-game suspension.

Rodriguez  issued  an apology then  pitched one scoreless inning in Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Phillies.

He  finishes 2010  with a record of  4-2 with a 2.20 earned-run average and 25 saves in 30 opportunities.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)


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