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K-Rod to miss rest of the season with thumb injury. Guess how he got it.

Aug 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

Multiple outlets are reporting that Francisco Rodriguez has a thumb ligament injury that will require surgery which will put him out for the season. And yep, you guessed it: the injury came when he punched his girlfriend’s father last week.

I don’t suppose the result of the punches he threw render the intention to throw those punches and dumber, but it certainly makes the results far more disastrous for him.

Now the big question comes: can the Mets refuse to pay him his salary or even go so far as to void his contract as a result of all of this? Obviously the man is innocent until proven guilty — and obviously the union would have a lot to say about this before any decision was ultimately made — but it is hard to see how this injury isn’t the result of the player engaging in misconduct, however it is ultimately characterized, legally speaking.

  1. steelers rule - Aug 16, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    I guess K-Rod will be pitching with Pirates, Orioles or Az next season!

  2. Kiwicricket - Aug 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Nor rhyme nor reason, but I think you mean season

  3. Old Gator - Aug 16, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    It may be too late to stop the kids he already has from disseminating his idiocy chromosomes, but let’s sterilize him while he’s being sedated for the thumb surgery to keep him from doing any more breeding. He doesn’t need to know.

  4. Md23Rewls - Aug 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    FIST PUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. SDelMonte - Aug 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    And there goes the rest of the season. Yes, I know we were out of it, but I still had hopes for .500.
    OTOH, if you like bullpen bingo, this is your chance to play a full card as Jerry does what he did in ’08 when Wagner was down and shuffles the deck every night.

  6. SDelMonte - Aug 16, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Also, let me get this out of the way, to dull the pain…
    “Your new closer for the New York Mets…Oliver Perez.”

  7. JimmyY - Aug 16, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Not with that contract he won’t. So far 45 appearances this year, if he gets 55 next year (two years 2010 and 2011 combined 100) he’ll get $17 MILLION guaranteed for 2012. Read that and weep Met fans because ain’t nobody else going to cough that up. Minaya, amazing he keeps his job.

  8. showtime11 - Aug 16, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    As a D-back season ticket holder, I’ll take K-Rod in a heartbeat. Not at the price he is getting paid now, but if the Mets cut him, I’ll sign him as a free agent. Nobody should have to endure what I have had to endure this season watching the D-backs bullpen!

  9. CJ - Aug 16, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    “Obviously the man is innocent until proven guilty.” That’s not true. It’s a phrase used much too often and wrong most of the time it’s used. If the phrase were true, no murderer would ever be locked up pending trial. That phrase is merely a shorthand for: the burden is on the prosecutor to prove the person charged with a crime is actually guilty under criminal law and related criminal sentences. Said another way, the guy who went postal at the beverage distributor and killed a bunch of his co-workers before he killed himself was not innocent until proven guilty. Heck, he never “will be proven guilty.” But only someone who has lost their mind would say he is innocent until proven guilty.

  10. dabbindan - Aug 16, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    enjoyin’ this like i’m enjoyin’ mel crashing his maserati.

  11. Jerzguy - Aug 16, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    Hey, he’s just “keeping it real” like Michael Vick and every other overpaid thug who can play a sport. There will always be a team who will pay for him, even if he is a morally bankrupt human being. Actually, it makes some people feel better about themselves when they see “reality shows”. Maybe he could be a guest on ” Jersey Shore”.

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