K-Rod, Manuel downplay closer’s spat with coach
The Mets acknowledged Tuesday that closer Francisco Rodriguez
and bullpen coach Randy Niemann had an argument during a game last
weekend, but New York manager Jerry Manuel said the matter was
Manuel confirmed Tuesday that Rodriguez and Niemann got into a
spat Sunday night while K-Rod was preparing to enter a game against
the New York Yankees. It’s unclear what the dispute was about.
“I guess they had a disagreement and by the time it got to me
Randy said there was no issues after that and it was resolved,”
Manuel said before his team opened a three-game series against
Philadelphia. “I mean, you’re going to have some issues in the
bullpen or in the dugout, whatever. But I don’t see that as an
issue at this point.”
The New York Times reported that Rodriguez and Niemann had a
heated exchange in the bullpen during the ninth inning and had to
be separated by other pitchers.
Rodriguez said the report was false, but refused to comment any
further. Niemann told reporters the disagreement never got physical
and the matter was over.
“When it got to me it was resolved, so I’ll leave it at that,”
K-Rod struck out Alex Rodriguez with runners at the corners to
save the Mets’ 6-4 victory Sunday night.