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Francisco Rodriguez pitching through back pain

Jun 26, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

Francisco Rodriguez was visibly uncomfortable on the mound during the ninth inning
of Friday’s 5-2 win over the Twins, even requiring a visit from Mets manager Jerry Manuel
and trainer Ray Ramirez.

Though he was able to finish off his 17th save, he told Adam Rubin of ESPN.com that the dramatic back pain he experienced at Fenway Park last May has never completely gone away.

“Boston, I wasn’t even able to move. I’ve been dealing with this for a
while. I’ve been doing more stretching and some treatment on it. But
today it got a little worse. I think I’ll be all right tomorrow.”
 

The Mets’ closer indicated that he recently received a cortisone injection before the club’s recent roadtrip, but said that it only lessened the pain for “like four or five hours.” The pain hasn’t prevented him from pitching until this point and Jerry Manuel told reporters Saturday that K-Rod will be available for this afternoon’s game.

Rodriguez has a 2.13 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 48/13 K/BB ratio over 38 innings this season.

  1. wrg885 - Jun 26, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    The Mets will have a press conference to announce K-Rod is getting an MRI for a blister on his finger. He’ll miss a few days until it is feeling better. When questioned about his back pain, Rodriguez stated the rest will help but he is unable to explain why the trainers and team doctors are treating his seemingly uninjured finger.

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