Rodgers (elbow) underwent UCL reconstruction surgery Tuesday which will put him out for the season, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Rodgers was forced out of a start at Triple-A in late April, and it seems that the worst-case scenario came to fruition. The 26-year-old was humming in the minor leagues this season, sporting a 1.10 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in three starts with Fresno, but now he'll focus on rehabbing his elbow in preparation for a return sometime during the 2018 campaign.
Rodgers is being evaluated for an injury to his right elbow, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Rodgers was flown back to Houston to visit team doctors after being lifted prematurely from his last start. The severity of the injury is currently unknown, though any injury to a pitcher's throwing elbow is often cause for concern. "We're currently determining next steps," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We should know something by early next week." Expect an update on his status once the Astros release more information.
Rodgers left his last start with Triple-A Fresno with an arm issue and is being evaluated, MLB.com's Brian McTaggert reports.
He has already been placed on the 7-day DL after leaving his last start after 4.1 innings, despite having not allowed a run on three hits and zero walks. The 26-year-old righty had a 1.10 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 11:1 K:BB in 16.1 innings this season prior to the injury.
Rodgers was optioned to minor league camp Wednesday, Julia Morales of ROOT Sports reports.
The 26-year-old struggled in a major way after his September callup last season and those struggles carried over to spring ball. Rodgers gave up 13 hits (including two homers) and nine earned runs in just eight innings in the Cactus League. He will likely open 2017 with Triple-A Fresno.
The 26-year-old right-hander will need a rash of injuries to hit Houston's projected starters to make the team out of camp. However, a strong spring will put Rodgers atop the rotation at Triple-A Fresno, making him potentially the first starter called up should the need arise. With 247.2 innings already amassed at Triple-A over the past two seasons, including being named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Year in 2016, Rodgers has nothing left to prove in the minors, but his brief stint in the majors last September indicated he wasn't yet ready to help an
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