Rodriguez agreed to a minor league deal with the Cubs, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. The 32-year-old spent the last three seasons with the A's, most recently compiling a 4.20 ERA across 40.2 innings in 2016 before undergoing shoulder surgery in September. He should be healthy and in position to compete for a bullpen spot come spring training.
Rodriguez (shoulder) was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday. The Athletics made a slew of roster moves to clear space on the 40-man roster, and given the fact that Rodriguez isn't expected to pick up a baseball for another few months, they decided to leave him off the 40-man roster. The 32-year-old struggled in the big leagues this season, posting a 4.20 ERA out of the Oakland bullpen, so he'll likely act as organizational pitching depth going forward.
Rodriguez underwent surgery Friday to repair a lat injury, Joe Stiglich of CSN California reports. Apparently, everything was successful and doctors were able to repair the torn muscle. Rodriguez now faces an extensive rehab process; with the right-hander not expected to pick up a baseball for fourth months, he may be limited at the start of spring training. Rodriguez posted a 4.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and five holds in 34 appearances with the A's this season ahead of his first winter of arbitration eligibility.
Rodriguez was placed on the 60-day DL Saturday. Rodriguez's transfer to the 60-day DL opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Bruce Maxwell who was called up on Saturday. Rodriguez was getting shelled before landing on the DL with a rotator cuff strain, allowing 12 earned runs over his last eight appearances (15.43 ERA) dating back to June 16. Although he's yet to resume baseball activities, he's still projected to return sometime in August.
Rodriguez (shoulder) was diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Rodriguez was put on the 15-day DL on Monday and surgery likely won't be necessary. He will be shut down for a while and reevaluated in the future.