Francisco Rodriguez says it was good to “get back to baseball” on Saturday night. Rodriguez pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Phillies on Saturday. He was pitching for the first time since his Wednesday night arrest for allegedly attacking the father of his girlfriend at the Family Lounge at Citi Field.
“I’m back to baseball. That’s the only thing that matters to me right now,” Rodriguez said before the Mets-Phillies game on Sunday night. “I want to straighten out, of course, (my) personal life. You want to put it back to where it needs to be. But my job is very important too. I’ve got a big commitment and big responsibility with this organization and with the fans. So definitely I want to be there everyday. So hopefully, we can (straighten out my legal situation) and move on.”
Rodriguez said that his baseball season would not be interrupted by any future legal proceedings. Rodriguez is due to return to court on September 14. The Mets play the Pirates that night, so the court proceeding is unlikely to prohibit him from playing.
He also said that his arm felt fine on Sunday afternoon. Rodriguez had complained of tightness after his appearance on Saturday night. He said he hadn’t picked up a baseball since being suspended by the Mets for two days after the Wednesday night incident.
“Yesterday I was a little stiff,” Rodriguez said. “Today, I feel a lot better. Back to normal.”
BAY RUNS: Jerry Manuel said that Jason Bay has started running for the first time since going on the disabled list on July 30. But the left fielder has yet to resume baseball activities. He will be evaluated by team doctors before taking the next step in rehabilitation. Bay has been sidelined with a concussion since July 30. He sustained a concussion on July 23 when he ran into a wall in Los Angeles. He played two games before going on the disabled list. He is hitting just .259 with six home runs and 47 RBI in his first season with the Mets.
ROOM FOR ROD: Manuel said catcher Rod Barajas may return at some point during the Mets' seven-game road trip next week. He said the Mets will attempt to continue to carry three catchers (Barajas, Josh Thole, Henry Blanco) when Barajas returns. Barajas went on the disabled list on July 26 with a left oblique strain.
PELFREY BACK?: Mike Pelfrey pitched solidly for the second straight start, but got nothing to show for his efforts on Sunday night against the Phillies. Pelfrey allowed three runs on seven hits against the Phillies. He's gone seven innings in each of his last two starts and hs a 1.93 ERA over that span.
“It would be nice to pick up our pitchers and score some runs for them on a consistent basis and we haven’t been able to do that,” David Wright said of the team's offense, which hit .088 with runners in scoring position in the recent homestand.
LIKE STEALING CANDY: The Phillies swiped three bags on Sunday night, the most the Mets have allowed since the Nationals stole for bases on May 10 at Citi Field. Jimmy Rollins stole second and third in the third and scored on a Shane Victorino double. Victorino stole second after singling with two outs in the fifth. He scored on Placido Polanco's single up the middle.
REYES RUNS: The Mets fell to 18-5 when Jose Reyes scores a run. Reyes hit solo home run in the bottom of the third.
HAIL TO THE VICTORS: Mets owner Fred Wilpon declined comment when approached by reporters in the hallway outside of the Mets’ clubhouse before Sunday night’s game. Mets ownership, save a prepared statement from Jeff Wilpon has been silent on the Francisco Rodriguez incident.
“Nope. I have to go to the University of Michigan,” Wilpon said.
He was referring to a pre-game event at Citi Field for University of Michigan alumni and first-year students.
SECOND TO NONE: Manuel was asked after the game who would be playing second base on Monday night in Houston - Luis Castillo or Ruben Tejada?
"I have no idea," the weary manager said. "I might take a shot at it, I hit .105."