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After a highly publicized domestic incident with his girlfriend’s father, it appears that Fransisco Rodriguez – more commonly known as “K-Rod” – is out for the rest of the season after sustaining a torn ligament in the thumb of his throwing hand.

After a 2-game suspension following the attack, Rodriguez returned to the mound Saturday pitching with some discomfort in his throwing hand which he reported to the team on Sunday. The star pitcher underwent an examination at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City where it was discovered he had torn a ligament; no surgery has been scheduled yet.

‘Obviously I’m disappointed, discouraged, frustrated,’ Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. ‘When you get this kind of news it’s … we’ve just been through a lot. We seem to continue to have difficulties keeping things from — having these type of injuries or these type of setbacks. Every year it seems like we get a little something here or there.’

To add insult to K-Rod’s obvious injury is the fact that he may now have to forfeit his contract, or at least the remainder of this season’s contract because the injury occurred during a non-baseball event. According to ESPN.com “Rodriguez is owed $11.5 million in 2011 and has a vesting option for 2012 at $17.5 million that will kick in if he finishes 55 games next season and is healthy as the guaranteed portion of the contract concludes.” It’s rumored that the Mets organization is exploring all of its options.

While the temper flare isn’t the first in Rodriguez’s history with the Mets, nor the first on his rap-sheet, it is the first time that he’s been formally charged since coming to Flushing. During the 2009 season, K-Rod was in several altercations both in and outside of the clubhouse – first with a former executive on a team bus, then again with a bullpen coach and also with Yankees pitcher Bruney during warm-ups last June.

Rodriguez is due back in court for the 3rd degree domestic charge. Because it is considered a “domestic violence” case, the New York District Attorney will have to process this case regardless of whether or not the father-in-law decides to press charges.

ESPN.com is reporting that Giants’ 3rd round draft pick and former LSU star Chad Jones has been involved in a car crash and is listed in critical condition.

According to New Orleans’ CBS affiliate WWL-TV, Jones, 21, suffered “a fractured left leg and had arteries and nerves exposed.” The station reports that Jones was listed in critical condition and was in surgery at 10:15 a.m. The accident has been reported to have occurred between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Jones was well known in collegiate sports and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 13th round coming out of high school. He played outfield and reliever for the LSU Tigers’ nationally ranked baseball team as well as safety for the football team. He is one of only 2 players in NCAA history to win collegiate championships for both Football and Baseball.

New York native Lady Gaga stormed into the Bronx Friday night wearing the mandatory pinstripes, but not much else. After her team lost to the cross-town rival New York Mets, Gaga apparently talked her way past security and into the clubhouse before press was allowed to visit with the team. The NY Post originally reported that Gaga was later banned from the clubhouse

A fuming Hal Steinbrenner informed Yankee Stadium executives that Lady Gaga is permanently banned from the team’s clubhouse after her boozy antics — including swigging whiskey and repeatedly fondling her boobs — during a visit to the house that Ruth built Friday night…

Since the initial report, it appears the Yankees are singing a different tune and Lady Gaga, like other celebs, is welcome to meet with the team.

“She’s not banned,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday. “Celebrities aren’t banned. If Michael Jordan showed up here he would have access (to the clubhouse), but not after a loss.”

While names of the players that visited with the new Queen of Pop, it’s rumored that both Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez visited with her.

Lady Gaga has been the fixture of much baseball drama in New York City over the past several days, starting with her visit to Citi Field on June 10th when she warmly flipped off Mets fans and photographers. ESPN.com is reporting:

This provided not only a treat for photographers but also a marketing opportunity for the Mets; they’ve designated this coming Wednesday’s game vs. the Tigers as “Go Gaga for Wright” night, to campaign for third baseman David Wright’s election to the National League All-Star team. The first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a blue foam hand with the index finger extended — “the best finger,” according to a TV commercial for the promotion — and the words “Make Wright #1” printed on it.

Alicia Keys debuted “Empire State of Mind, Part 2” last night in Tribeca as part of the iHeart Radio series. The song, follow up to her collaboration with Jay-Z “Empire State of Mind, Part 1,” which was featured on Blueprint 3, will be featured on her album Element of Freedom. Expect Jay-Z to be featured on the album cut of this song.

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