Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was charged with third-degree assault after an altercation with his father-in-law at Citi Field on Wednesday, the police said.
The police said Rodriguez was in custody after the altercation, which occurred after the Mets’ 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. His father-in-law, whose name was not disclosed, was taken to an area hospital with a bump on his head and an abrasion to his face.
Jay Horwitz, the Mets’ vice president for media relations, said: “There was an incident at the ballpark between Francisco Rodriguez and his family. He was questioned by police. All other questions should be directed to the police.”
A uniformed police officer walked into the clubhouse shortly after Rodriguez walked out of it through a pair of double doors. Numerous security guards lingered in and around the clubhouse hours after the final pitch.
Before the altercation was disclosed, Rodriguez reacted angrily when approached by reporters after the game — a tough loss for a reeling team — using obscenities as he told them that he did not play and therefore did not want to speak to them.