Rodriguez (shoulder) has allowed two runs on three hits over three innings since returning from the disabled list with Triple-A Iowa. Rodriguez had been out all year due to shoulder surgery he underwent back in September, but he seems to be back at 100 percent after a shaky first outing. The right-hander has a good amount of major-league experience under his belt, although he seems to be entrenched in an organizational depth role for the time being.
Rodriguez (shoulder) was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Manager Joe Maddon's reasoning behind the move was simply to get him more work, and given that Rodriguez is still working through a modified throwing program following surgery on his lat in September, this isn't too surprising. It's unclear how close the right-hander is to returning to game action, but that should become clearer as spring training progresses.
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 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.
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