An injury to Francisco Rodriguez happened during his alleged assault last week. Â This Francisco Rodriguez injury is worthy of a suspension, especially with what it has done to the New York Mets. Â The team is without their $12 million closer again, and according to ESPN, it's a torn ligament in his right thumb. Â That injury will require surgery for Rodriguez and brings an end to his 2010 season. Â It means that the Mets will be paying their closer for missing games from an injury he suffered doing something pretty unintelligent. Â It's another story about an athlete thinking they are indestructible, and then finding out the hard way that it wasn't the case.
We reported on August 12 how Rodriguez was arrested for an assault on the father of his fiance, in what apparently was a dust-up that took place at Citi Field. Â There was no report that Rodriguez had suffered an injury at that time, so it may have come as a huge surprise to the Mets front office when it was determined that Rodriguez was done for the year. Â New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel was quoted as saying, "Obviously I'm disappointed, discouraged, frustrated." Â That is an understatement to be sure, especially with the way that the 2010 season has gone for the Mets up this point. Â It is just piling more bad news on a year that has really been chock full of it.
This is the point where the Mets need to draw the line and suspend Rodriguez. Â He certainly violated team-conduct policies, and his arrest and injury should lead to a viable reason to suspend him until he can take the field again. Â The Mets should not be paying the salary of someone who seems to have broken the law while getting injured, and paying Rodriguez millions to nurse an injury that could have been avoided is just over the line. Â It's time the Mets and MLB sends a message.
If we broke the law, would we get paid by our job to recover from injuries we suffered doing it? Â Is there anyone that thinks Rodriguez should?