HOUSTON (AP) — The New York Mets have placed closer Francisco Rodriguez on the disqualified list and exercised their right to convert his contract to a non-guaranteed contract.

Rodriguez has a torn thumb ligament in his pitching hand sustained during a fight with his girlfriend’s father at Citi Field and had season-ending surgery to repair that injury on Tuesday.

Rodriguez was suspended for two days without pay following the fight outside a family room at the ballpark last Wednesday.

The 28-year-old reliever was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Sept. 14.

He will not be paid until he is deemed able to perform his job again.

He is owed $11.5 million next year as part of a deal that includes a $17.5 million team option for 2012 with a $3.5 million buyout. The option would become guaranteed if he remains healthy and has 100 games finished this year and next, including 55 in 2011.


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