Texts bring more trouble to Mets closer

NEW YORK — Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez violated a restraining order by sending dozens of text messages to his girlfriend in the weeks after he was accused of assaulting her father at Citi Field and will face additional charges, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Rodriguez appeared for a routine hearing in Queens Criminal Court on third-degree assault and harassment charges and will face additional charges of criminal contempt for sending the messages. Judge Robert Raciti denied a request to send the right-hander to jail for sending the messages to girlfriend Daian Pena, the mother of their 1-year-old twins. He was arrested after a loss to the Rockies on Aug. 11, a game in which he didn't pitch.

"I know this message will get me in trouble, but I already lost you, my house and my children," he wrote, according to assistant district attorney Scott Kessler. "I do not want to have problems with your family, all I want … is to recover you and my children and continue forward."

The reliever, 28, was accused of grabbing Carlos Pena, 53, hauling him into a tunnel near the family lounge beneath the team's new ballpark and hitting him in the face.

SETBACK FOR HAMILTON: Rangers OF Josh Hamilton, out with three bruised ribs, felt pain in his rib cage in the batting cage and cut the session short.

In other Rangers news, 2B Ian Kinsler was suspended one game for taking part in an onfield celebration after being ejected Friday. And closer Neftali Feliz was unavailable for the game against the Tigers after the birth of his first child.

The Round Rock Express, the Astros' Triple-A club since 2005, plans to switch affiliations to Texas, MLB.com reported.

BROADCASTING: Ernie Johnson will be lead play-by-play announcer for TBS playoff telecasts, replacing Chip Caray.

CARDINALS: 1B Albert Pujols was held out of the lineup with soreness in his left elbow.

CUBS: Bob Melvin, a former manager for the Mariners and Diamondbacks, will interview for Chicago's job, ESPN.com reported. Former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, the possible heir to Atlanta's Bobby Cox, turned down a chance to interview. … 3B Aramis Ramirez told the Chicago Sun-Times that he intends to exercise his $14.6 million option next season.

MARINERS: RHP Felix Hernandez, the AL leader in ERA, innings and strikeouts, will make his next two starts on an extra day of rest.

TIGERS: RHP Rick Porcello was scratched from tonight's start with an injured right index finger.

YANKEES: LHP Andy Pettitte, on the DL with a strained left groin, allowed two runs in five innings for Double-A Trenton in what was likely to be his final minor-league tuneup.

Texts bring more trouble to Mets closer 09/14/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:27pm]

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