NEW YORK – Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez faces more charges in his New York City assault case.

Authorities said in court Tuesday that Rodriguez violated an order of protection by sending his girlfriend 56 text messages apologizing and urging a resolution. They said he'll now be charged with criminal contempt.

Rodriguez is accused of attacking his girlfriend's father outside a family lounge at Citi Field.

He was arrested after the Mets lost to Colorado on Aug. 11.

He tore a ligament in the thumb of his pitching hand during the altercation and required surgery. He was placed on the disqualified list. The team says he wouldn't be paid until he's off.

Prosecutors say the four-time All-Star was angry after the loss and took it out on his family.