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.”


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.