Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Marlins. Rodriguez earned his second consecutive start at shortstop with both Scott Kingery (hamstring) and Jean Segura (hamstring) still out. He took advantage by taking southpaw Caleb Smith deep for his first home run of the season. Segura is on track to return Saturday against the Marlins, meaning regular playing time will be short-lived for Rodriguez.
Rodriguez's contract was selected by the Phillies on Wednesday, and he'll head straight into the starting lineup against the Mets. Rodriguez failed to make the Phillies on a minor-league deal out of camp and was passed over for Phil Gosselin and Mitch Walding as the first two infielders called up this season. He's up to replace Walding now and will give the Phillies another player (along with Gosselin) able to handle shortstop until Jean Segura and Scott Kingery return from their hamstring injuries. Neither player is expected to miss too much time, so Rodriguez's stay on the roster may be a short one.
Rodriguez pinch hit in Monday's game against the Tigers despite a meniscus tear, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. The injury is reportedly insignificant enough that he can play through the pain. The veteran is battling for a bench spot as a non-roster invitee, so he'll need every at-bat he can get if he's to claim a place on the team.
Rodriguez tore his meniscus Tuesday and could require surgery, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Phillies will make the call on surgery after a few days once the swelling has gone down. Rodriguez had been hoping to win a utility spot on the team's bench this spring, but he'll now likely miss out on the opportunity to prove himself even if surgery doesn't end up being required.
Rodriguez signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on Friday which includes an invitation to major-league camp, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Scott Kingery and Roman Quinn are likely to be the top two bench options in Philadelphia, but that leaves one or two spots still available for Rodriguez to fight for. The 33-year-old has the versatility required of an end-of-the-bench player, having appeared everywhere except pitcher and catcher last season, but his bat has been clearly trending in the wrong direction. He's posted a miserable .167/.277/.305 line in 326 plate appearances over the last two seasons and will need a strong spring if he's to be seriously considered for a roster spot.
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