K-Rod: 'He got me a little out of line'

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez says he regrets his aggressive confrontation with New York Yankees reliever Brian Bruney two weeks ago at Yankee Stadium.

"I just wanted to find out, honestly, if there was any difficulty or any problem, just come to me, just say it," Rodriguez said Thursday after the Mets' 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. "If you have something to say, just say it."

Rodriguez shouted at Bruney during batting practice June 14 and the two were separated by teammates one day after they exchanged pointed jabs through the media.

In video footage on the YES Network, an angry Rodriguez could be seen pointing at Bruney from a few feet away before Yankees reliever Jose Veras stepped between them in left field.

"I shouldn't have done that, because I didn't want to make it bigger and the fans were in there," Rodriguez said. "But at the same time, I felt a little offended and I just wanted to find out why. That's all.

"He got me a little out of line, but nothing more than that."

The Yankees play the Mets again on Friday night in the first of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Bruney held his ground and appeared to say little, if anything. Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey got in front of Rodriguez and escorted him away.

"You make a mistake and you learn from it," Rodriguez said. "Next time, before he's going to say something about somebody, you've got to be careful of the way you say it. That's it. We're humans, and sometimes unfortunately we make comments about other people and we don't realize what we say.

"We're not thinking. We just say it, and if you say something out of line, that's when, you know."

Rodriguez said Thursday a clubhouse attendant delivered a Bruney apology to the Mets' locker room after the game with the Yankees.

"He apologized to me and I accepted his apology," Rodriguez said. "We moved on after that."

Bruney had called Rodriguez's exuberant celebrations on the mound a "tired act," and K-Rod said he didn't know who the injured right-hander was before advising him to "keep his mouth shut."

"To me, it's incredible that this is a big story," Bruney said after the Yankees beat the Mets 15-0. "They're a great team and he's a great player. I'm sure he's not concerned about what I think. He just had some things to say."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.