Tag:Wandy Rodriguez
Posted on: May 27, 2011 7:59 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Astros' Rodriguez scratched

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Wandy RodriguezThe Astros have scratched left-hander Wandy Rodriguez from Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks, the team's Alyson Footer tweets.

Rodriguez apparently felt "discomfort" in his left elbow and will have an MRI on Saturday.

Rodriguez is 3-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 10 starts for the Astros this season. He's been Houston's best starter and the only one without a losing record.

Bud Norris (2-3, 3.77 ERA) will start in Rodriguez's place.

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 3:12 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Astros reliever has suspension reduced

Anuery Rodriguez By C. Trent Rosecrans

Astros right-hander Anuery Rodriguez had his three-game suspension reduced to two after an appeal and will begin serving it immediately, sitting out games today and Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle 's Zachary Levine reports .

Rodriguez hit Florida's Gaby Sanchez in the ninth inning of last Sunday's 7-1 Astros victory. He was ejected after Marlins pitcher Edward Mujica hit Bill Hall, who had made a hard slide against Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez earlier in the series.

Astros manager Brad Mills was also ejected during that game and given a one-game suspension, which he served last Tuesday.

The Astros will be short a man in the bullpen with Rodriguez on the shelf, but with the Astros' two best starters going -- Brett Myers today and Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday against the Mets -- and a day off, the timing could hardly be better for the Astros' bullpen.

Rodriguez, a rookie, last pitched on Tuesday and Wednesady against the Cubs and has yet to appear in a game this season with the score within fewer than three runs.
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Posted on: March 22, 2011 10:14 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/22: Fox strikes again

Jake Fox

By C. Trent Rosecrans

3 UP

1. Orioles bats -- Jake Fox, pictured, hit his eighth homer of the spring for Baltimore, but he wasn't alone in peppering Yankees pitching on Tuesday. Luke Scott hit a shot over the scoreboard in right-center. J.J. Hardy also homered. The Orioles are slugging .445 this spring, the best mark by an American League team in Florida. The Phillies at .447 are the only Grapefruit League team with a better slugging percentage.

2. Wandy Rodriguez, Astros -- Sidelined the last two weeks with left shoulder tendinitis, Houston's left-hander allowed three hits and an unearned run in four innings, throwing 40 strikes in 60 pitches. Rodriguez is scheduled to start again on Sunday and then face Cliff Lee in the Astros' second game of the regular season.

3. Travis Buck, Indians -- The Indians outfielder had two homers in Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, raising his spring total to four. He had four total homers in 177 at-bats between the minors and the A's last season.

3 DOWN

1. Adam Dunn, White Sox -- Chicago's new slugger struck out three times on Tuesday in an 0-for-4 performance, giving him 22 strikeouts this spring. He's hitting .208/.311/.358 this spring with one homer in a team-leading 53 at-bats.

2. Mike Leake, Reds -- The day after it looked like Leake had his ticket to Cincinnati punched thanks to Johnny Cueto's injury, the A's took BP on the Reds' right-hander. Leake gave up single runs in each of the first two innings on Tuesday and then allowed five in the third, while recording only one out. In all he gave up six hits, seven earned runs, walked four and saw his ERA rise to 9.39. Daric Barton and Coco Crisp both hit solo homers off of Leake.

3. Welington Castillo, Cubs -- A rough day for Castillo, who nearly beat out an infield single, but showed his catchers speed and was thrown out in his only plate appearance of the day. Sure, lots of folks went 0 for 1 on Tuesday, but not many saw their average drop from .706 to .667. Castillo has 12 hits in 18 at-bats, plus two walks, so his on-base percentage is still .700. For those of you not used to that statistic, it's officially "not too bad."

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Posted on: March 13, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Astros' Rodriguez sidelined

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Wandy RodriguezAnother day, another injury to a National League Central starter.

Sunday's victim is Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, who was diagnosed with what the team is calling "a mild case of shoulder tendinitis."

Rodriguez has been scratched from his start on Tuesday. He singed a three-year, $34 million contract this offseason, avoiding arbitration. He was 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA last season.

Rodriguez joined Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals, Zack Greinke of the Brewers and Johnny Cueto of the Reds as NL Central starters to miss at least part of the spring with injuries. Wainwright is out for the season, Greinke will miss the beginning of the season, while there's no timetable yet for Cueto or Rodriguez.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Astros, Rodriguez ink 3-year deal

Wandy Rodriguez
Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros have avoided arbitration with a three-year, $34 million contract, a source tells ESPNDeportes.

The two sides had filed arbitration numbers, with Rodriguez asking for an arbitration-record $10.25 million and the club countering with $8 million. He made $5 million last season after asking for $7 million and losing to the Astros in an arbitration hearing. Rodriguez would have been eligible for free agency after this season.

Rodriguez, a 32-year-old known for his curveball, has been very consistent the past three years, in which he's gone 34-31 in 90 starts with a 3.36 ERA. His walks per nine innings have been between 2.9 and 3.1, and his strikeouts per nine between 8.2 and 8.6.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 1:23 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Three arbitration cases that could get nasty

While 119 players filed for salary arbitration, by the time it came down to exchange salary numbers on Tuesday, only 37 players submitted numbers -- and three of those already have agreements.

Of the 34 remaining cases, only a handful will make it to the arbitration hearings, scheduled to begin Feb. 1. Last year, only eight hearings took place. The reason is that neither side wants to go in front of the three-person panels, not as much for the fear of losing, but more because of the process.

Deals can be made up until the point the parties enter the room, but once there, it's one number or the other, there's no more compromise or negotiation.

Once that door closes, a front-office member who has told me, it can get pretty nasty and hurt the relationship between a team and a player for years to come. Here's the three pending cases that could get the most contentious in this process:

Josh Hamilton 1. Josh Hamilton, Rangers -- Hamilton has requested $12 million, while the Rangers have offered $8.7 million. No player, perhaps, in the history of the game has done more to make the case for both sides easier. Hamilton can point to his MVP and associated numbers, while the Rangers don't have to do too much digging to get into Hamilton's past and find some demons. They can even point to his recent five-day stay in the hospital for pneumonia as a concern that he can stay healthy considering his past drug use and his own admitted depleted immune system.

Jose Bautista 2. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays -- Bautista has requested $10.5 million, while the Blue Jays have offered $7.6 million. Ryan Howard's $10 million decision in 2008 is the record judgement in arbitration, but he already had an MVP under his belt and was coming off a fifth-place finish in the award the season he became eligible for arbitration. Bautista has nowhere near the same track record, breaking out in 2010. There have been questions about the methods he used to improve so drastically in one season, and they will certainly be brought up in a hearing.

Edinson Volquez 3. Edinson Volquez, Reds -- Volquez has requested $2 million, while the Reds have offered $1.3 million. The fact that the difference is so small makes it even less likely the Reds and Volquez go to arbitration -- and the fact that Volquez was suspended 50 games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs last season would make it more interesting than either side would like. The team publicly supported Volquez during his suspension (and coming off of Tommy John surgery, he didn't actually miss any time he would have played and actually ended up saving the Reds money because they didn't have to pay him during his suspension), but they may sing a different tune in an arbitration hearing.

Others to watch: Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez has asked for $10.25 million, while the Astros countered with $8 million. Rodriguez lost his hearing last season. The process has already gotten some teeth with the Brewers and second baseman Rickie Weeks, who has asked for $7.2 million, with the Brewers offering $4.85 million.

Update: Volquez and the Reds agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,625,000 on Monday, Jan. 31.

Rodriguez and the Astros reached an agreement on a $34 million, three-year contract on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 6:40 pm
 

Astros talking extension with Rodriguez

Rodriguez The Astros are discussing a multi-year contract extension with lefty Wandy Rodriguez, as the Houston Chronicle reports.

"It makes all the sense in the world to at least consider it," GM Ed Wade said about the extension talks. Rodriguez is slated for his final year of arbitration before becoming a free agent. However, given Rodriguez will be 33 when the 2012 season opens, free agency doesn't hold the allure that it might for a young pitcher.

Rodriguez wouldn't get a large contract extension regardless, so if the two sides can come to an agreement on a deal similar to Ted Lilly's three years and $33 million with the Dodgers, re-upping with the Astros makes sense for both sides. Houston would be able to lock Rodriguez into its rotation at ages that it would be reasonably confident in the left producing.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez would be set up for life and not have to worry about making sure he has a strong season in 2011 for the benefit of free agency -- taking the ball when injured, for example.

Rodriguez has been one of the better left-handed starters over the last three seasons, but injury and spells of ineffectiveness make him far from a sure thing. Coming off a career-best 3.02 ERA in 205 2/3 innings in 2009, Rodriguez stumbled in the first half thanks to a 4.97 ERA. He was able to turn around the second half with a 2.11 ERA coming to a cumulative 3.60, but the warning signs remain.

Meanwhile, Wade ruled out long-term extensions for fellow arbitration-eligible players Michael Bourn and Hunter Pence.

"On Bourn and Pence at least, we're really pretty far from free agency," Wade said.

Bourn isn't due to become a free agent until 2013 and Pence 2014, so the Astros are understandably waiting it out to see if both players retain their effectiveness. Bourn is coming off a year in which he didn't play up to expectations while Pence was named the team MVP.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 7:21 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am
 

R.I.P. Astros: Moving on

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the Houston Astros.

Few teams were as bad as the Astros were in the first part of the season, and then few teams were as good as the Astros in the second half of the season.

Carlos Lee WHAT WENT WRONG

When I see Carlos Lee (pictured), I sometimes I think of the line in "Major League" when Charlie Donovan says, "I forgot about Dorn, because he's jolly high-priced." Lee owed $37 million through the next two seasons.

Lee didn't hit a homer in the season's first month, entered June with a .206 batting average and finished the season hitting .246/.291/.417 with 24 homers and 89 RBI. He's a below-average designated hitter that plays in the National League.

It's not to say Lee was all that was wrong with the Astros. Others struggled, such as Lance Berkman and Pedro Felice.

What may have been more devastating was seeing prospects the team had been counting on, such Tommy Manzella, Jason Castro and J.R. Towles struggle.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Brad Mills A lot of credit has to go to first-year manager Brad Mills. The team went 40-59 in their first 99 games of the season before finishing 36-27 the rest of the way. Mills also did it without some of his high-priced talent, as the team jettisoned Roy Oswalt, Lance Berkman and Pedro Feliz.

Third baseman Chris Johnson had a good season, going .308/.337/.481 with 11 homers. Hunter Pence cashed in on the promise he'd shown early in his career, hitting .282/.325/.461 with 25 home runs, 91 RBI and 18 stolen bases.

The team relied on good starting pitching during its good streak from Brett Myers, Wandy Rodriguez, Bud Norris and J.A. Happ, and all four of those starters return for 2011.

HELP ON THE WAY

Ugh. Not really. That's the problem with cutting your losses and going young -- you need young players to replace the old ones. It's cheaper, but the Astros have one of the worst farm systems in the majors.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The second half of the season raised the bar for the Astros, so fans will be expecting at least a .500 team, if not a run at the NL Central title.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Astros took the right direction during the season, trading Berkman and Oswalt.

Houston has Berkan, Oswalt, Feliz and Kaz Matsui off the books, but there's not a whole to to spend that money on in free agency.

Although Berkman had hinted that he wanted to return to Houston, the teams needs to resist nostalgia and give Brett Wallace a chance at first base.

2011 PREDICTION

The optimism from the last part of 2010 will be gone by the All-Star break and the team will finish ahead of the Pirates in the National League Central, but won't be challenging for a title.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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