Francisco Rodriguez back in court

Updated: September 21, 2010, 10:34 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez is due back in court Wednesday to be arraigned on the additional charge of violating an order of protection by sending dozens of text messages to his girlfriend, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced Tuesday.

The arraignment is due to take place in Queens Criminal Court. Rodriguez already faces misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and second-degree harassment for assaulting his girlfriend's father outside a family lounge at Citi Field.

Rodriguez was told to keep away from him and his daughter, the mother of Rodriguez's twins. But Queens prosecutors say he sent her 56 text messages, mostly asking for forgiveness.

A hearing before an arbitrator to dispute the Mets' decision to suspend him without pay and convert his contract to unguaranteed remains on track for October despite the criminal charges being unresolved.

Rodriguez was 4-2 with 25 saves and a 2.24 ERA this season.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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