Former Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez going to trial

CREATED Oct 12, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 12, 2012

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  • Francisco Rodriguez. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

WAUKESHA- Former Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez is going to trial on a charge of disorderly conduct.

At his initial court appearance Monday, Rodriguez pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.  He is due back in court next month.

Waukesha County sheriff's deputies arrested Rodriguez in the Town of Wales on September 18.  According to the criminal complaint, a 23-year-old woman told deputies she and Rodriguez had been arguing before going to bed, and he became upset and struck her on the head.

She said her nose began to bleed after getting hit due to a history of physical abuse. The woman told police she grabbed a sweatshirt and tried to stop the bleeding, but then Rodriguez grabbed her by the hair and threw her.

Rodriguez joined the Brewers in the middle of the 2011 season, and served as the team's primary setup man in 2011 and 2012.

In 2012, he threw 72 innings and had a 4.38 ERA with 72 strikeouts and 3 saves.

Rodriguez was arrested in 2010 after assaulting his father-in-law when he was with the New York Mets.