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Mets' Rodriguez sorry, seeks help

Mets reliever Francisco Rodriguez apologized to his teammates and fans on Saturday for a physical altercation that resulted in his arrest and a team-imposed two-game suspension.

Rodriguez rejoined the team before the Mets played Philadelphia, three days after he was arrested and charged with third-degree assault on his girlfriend’s father following a loss to Colorado. He did not take any questions.

“First of all, I’m extremely sorry,” Rodriguez said. “… I want to apologize also to the Mets fans, to my teammates. I want to apologize, of course, to the front office for the embarrassing moment that I caused. I’m looking forward to being a better person. Right now the plan is I’m going to be going to an anger management program.”

SHORT HOPS

The Red Sox placed center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (bruised ribs) on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season. … The Braves said surgery to repair Chipper Jones’ torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee was a success. The 1999 National League MVP said Friday he will try to play in 2011. … Left-hander Andy Pettitte rejoined the Yankees to meet with trainers after experiencing soreness during a simulated game Friday. … The Blue Jays signed left-hander Ricky Romero to a five-year, $30.1 million contract extension. … The Rangers placed second baseman Cristian Guzman on the 15-day DL with a strained right quadriceps and recalled right-hander Pedro Strop from Triple-A Oklahoma City. … The Rockies placed left-hander Jeff Francis on the 15-day DL (left shoulder) and recalled infielder Eric Young Jr. from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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