In his first season with the Pirates, Sean Rodriguez appeared in a career-high 139 games, but his new team was less inclined to use him as a starter. Rodriguez compiled only 240 plate appearances, and he batted .246 with just four home runs and 12 doubles. He could fill a more prominent role this season, only because he could fill in at second or third base while Jung-Ho Kang is out due to his recovery from a fractured tibia and torn meniscus. For the most part, though, Rodriguez will serve as a utility player, and as such, will only have value in the deepest of NL-only leagues.
Rodriguez resigned with the Pirates on Tuesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. Rodrigues proved to be a serviceable utility option for Pittsburgh last season, batting .246 while playing all over the infield and outfield, which compelled the Pirates to bring him back for another season. He'll look to act in a similar role next year, backing up virtually every position for the Pirates.
Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Cubs. The 24-year-old went 0-for-3 in Game 1 and the Pirates are facing a lefty in Jon Lester in Game 2, so it's not surprising to see Polanco on the bench in favor of Sean Rodriguez. Polanco is batting just .202/.262/.293 against left-handed pitching this season.
Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game. Alvarez has started 75 games at first base this year. Replacing him at first is Sean Rodriguez, who gets the call for the 12th time.
With Jordy Mercer on the disabled list, the Pirates turned to Jung Ho Kang to play short on Monday. Kang has started 40 games at third, including the last 11. He'll start at short for the first time since June 13. Replacing Kang at third will be Sean Rodriguez, who makes his first start of the year at the hot corner. He's played there five times this year as a defensive replacement.
Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game. Alvarez has started 61 games this year, including the last five and eight of the last nine. He'll be replaced in the lineup by Sean Rodriguez, who starts at first for the seventh time this year.