Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Tigers. The homer was Rodriguez's fourth of the season and second in four games since he was traded back to Pittsburgh. He's started three of the last four games -- one at shortstop, one in right field and one at second base. He should continue to see semi-regular starts while serving in a super-utility role.
Rodriguez was traded to the Pirates from the Braves for prospect Connor Joe on Saturday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Rodriguez was dealt after the Pirates claimed him on waivers. He will serve as a utility option for Pittsburgh, so this move doesn't necessarily increase his fantasy value. Rodriguez was hitting .162 (.250 BABIP) with two home runs and one steal in 47 plate appearances this season. He is under contract through the 2018 season.
Rodriguez is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers. Rodriguez was given the first crack at the starting left field duties with Matt Kemp (hamstring) on the shelf, but the Braves will try out Matt Adams in left field for the first time to try to get the offense back in gear. The utility man has been pretty awful since returning from a shoulder injury, as he holds just a .138 batting average on the season.
Rodriguez is out of the lineup Monday against the Phillies. Rodriguez picked up the first two starts in left field following Matt Kemp's (hamstring) placement on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, but the utility man wasn't able to do much with the opportunity, going 0-for-8 with five strikeouts in those contests. Manager Brian Snitker will see whether Danny Santana can offer better production from that position Monday, but if he's unable to get the job done, reserves Lane Adams and Micah Johnson could receive trials in left field.
Rodriguez will start in left field and bat eighth Sunday against the Phillies, MLB.com reports. It's the second consecutive start in left field for Rodriguez, who may be first in line for regular duties at the position following Matt Kemp's (hamstring) placement on the disabled list. While Rodriguez's surprisingly quick return from a shoulder injury suffered in an offseason car accident has made for a nice feel-good story, he's yet to produce much through 11 games with the Braves, going 4-for-26 with two home runs.
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