Francisco Rodriguez pleads guilty to attempted assault, avoids jail
The former Angels star was sentenced to a conditional discharge, meaning he will stay out of jail as long as he completes 52 weeks of anger- management therapy, which includes group and one-on-one sessions.
If Rodriguez does not comply, he will face 120 days in jail.
Rodriguez was accused of assaulting Carlos Pena after a Mets game at Citi Field, an incident that led to a torn ligament in his pitching hand and season-ending surgery.
The pitcher also pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of disorderly conduct for sending his girlfriend, Daian Pena, dozens of text messages after he was told by a judge not to contact her.
He was ordered by Criminal Court Judge Mary O'Donoghue to keep away from the Penas for two years and to pay $14,444 in medical bills for Carlos Pena in addition to a $1,000 fine.
"Mr. Rodriguez is very glad to have this incident behind him," said his attorney, Christopher Booth. “He's very remorseful about what happened. It's been a huge toll on him, emotionally and professionally."
The Mets said in a statement: "We are pleased that Francisco has accepted responsibility for his actions. We are encouraged that he will continue to undergo therapy and is committed to taking steps to improve himself."
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Francisco Rodriguez, left, leaves a New York courthouse with his attorney, Christopher Booth, on Friday. Credit: Richard Drew / Associated Press