Braves pitcher Paco Rodriguez (elbow) will miss the entirety of the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery recently, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Rodriguez's surgery went unannounced for a little while, but the young hurler has now been ruled out for next season already. When healthy, Rodriguez could be an option for the Braves' starting rotation, but it's unclear how long it will be before that's the case.
Relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez is not expected to join the Braves' bullpen this season, according to MLB.com.
The Braves have sent starting pitchers Alex Wood and Bronson Arroyo, as well as closer Jim Johnson to the Dodgers in a three-way trade that brought several prospects. Atlanta gets infielder Hector Olivera, left-hander Paco Rodriguez and right-hander Zachary Bird from Los Angeles, as well as the Marlins' competitive-balance draft pick in 2016. The prizes in the trade are Olivera and Rodriguez. The former is batting .348 at Triple-A Olahoma City this season while the latter pitched in 18 games for the Dodgers earlier this year and recorded a 2.61 ERA. Bird has struggled throughout his minor league career, but does have 95 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings this year for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The Dodgers sent several prospects to both teams. First baseman Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and starting pitcher Zachary Bird head to Atlanta while pitchers Victor Araujo and Angel Guzman go to Miami.
The Braves, Dodgers and Marlins are in the working stages of a three-team, nine-player deal. According to reports, the Braves are expected to send top prospect Jose Peraza , left-hander Alex Wood and relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan to the Dodgers. In return, the Braves would receive prospect Hector Olivera , lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez and minor-league pitcher Zach Bird from the Dodgers, and a 2016 draft pick from the Marlins. The Marlins are also sending right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse to the Dodgers in exchange for three minor-league pitchers--right-handers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman. None of the three teams have officially announced the deal as of yet.
Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodriguez has started a light throwing program, per SB Nation. Rodriguez missed time with elbow tendinitis, then had surgery in late June to remove loose bodies from the elbow. No timetable has been given on his return, but an earlier estimate had Rodriguez returning in September.