Francisco Rodriguez suspended two days by Mets; pitcher, both managers suspended by league after Reds-Cardinals brawl [Updated]
The Mets have suspended Francisco Rodriguez for two days after the closer was charged with assaulting his father-in-law at Citi Field following Wednesday night's game, the team announced before Thursday's game against Colorado.
According to police, the former Angels standout was arrested, held at the ballpark and charged with third-degree assault Wednesday night. His father-in-law was hospitalized with a scraped face and bump on his head.
A Mets spokesman said Rodriguez has been placed on the restricted list for two days. During that time the pitcher will not be paid and will not be with the team.
[Updated at 2:39 p.m.: Rodriguez was released without bail Thursday after his arraignment on misdemeanor charges of assault and harassment, the Queens County District Attorney's office said in a statement. He could end up spending up to a year in jail.]
In other baseball news, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto received a seven-game suspension and an undisclosed fine from the league for his role in the first-inning brawl during Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Both managers -- Dusty Baker of the Reds and Tony La Russa of the Cardinals -- were suspended two games and fined undisclosed amounts. Four other players -- second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Russ Springer of the Reds and catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals -- were fined as well.
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Photo: Francisco Rodriguez celebrates after closing out the game against the Phillies on Saturday. Credit: Howard Smith / US Presswire