(former Met Grant Roberts, shown patiently awaiting a call from Omar Minaya earlier today)

Those dissatisfied with the Mets’ decision to suspended closer Francisco Rodriguez a mere two games after assaulting his father in law in full view of teammates and their families are unlikely to cheer the following news given the Amazins’ are a) still on the hook for K-Rod’s remaining salary and b) unlikely to add a reliever with any sort of a resume to the roster given the bleak state of affairs. From the New York Daily News’ Andy Martino :

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has a torn ligament in his right thumb, an injury that will require surgery, the Mets announced. The injury was sustained at some point during the Wednesday incident at Citi Field that led to the closer’s arrest for alleged assault.

Rodriguez is not with the team in Houston. It is not immediately clear if he will face further disciplinary action because of the injury, or how much time he will miss. An MRI revealed the tear and Mets medical staff has recommended surgery to repair it. The date of the surgery is yet to be determined.