K-Rod pitches through pain
June, 2, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
If that sounds painful, watching K-Rod pitch in the ninth hurt just as much for Mets fans.
Staked to a 9-7 lead, Rodriguez gave up a leadoff triple to Xavier Paul. After getting Josh Harrison to fly out to center and striking out Andrew McCutchen, Rodriguez allowed an RBI single to Neil Walker. After some nail-bitting by the Mets faithful, Rodriguez ended the drama by getting Lyle Overbay to pop out to short.
It was Rodriguez's 16th straight converted save opportunity. That ties his longest streak since he saved 19 straight to close out the 2009 season.
Afterward, Rodriguez said he was pitching through significant pain.
The closer began to feel immense pain Sunday after a crown was infected. He visited the hospital on Monday night to undergo oral surgery.
"Not fun, not fun at all," Rodriguez said of his outing on Thursday. "Right now I’m going through really really tough pain, battling."
Rodriguez said he couldn't take pain-killers before the game because they would make him too drowsy to pitch. He said he was in pain on the mound, but not enough to where he thought he couldn’t pitch.
"That’s what I had in mind. Go through it and deal with it after," Rodriguez said.
He thinks he'll have to deal with the pain in his mouth for a few more days, but it will not affect him on the mound.