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  • Diamondbacks' Chris Rodriguez: Looks healthy for spring training

    Rodriguez (shoulder) has made three Cactus League appearances for the Diamondbacks, covering 2.1 innings while striking out one and allowing two earned runs on three hits and zero walks.

    Though Rodriguez's results haven't been anything to get excited about, the 25-year-old is likely just happy to be back on the mound and seemingly facing no restrictions after a slew of injuries limited him to just 62 combined regular-season innings between the majors and minors dating back to the start of the 2018 season. Rodriguez was once a well-regarded prospect in the Angels organization, but the Angels opted to drop him from the 40-man roster in October, shortly after he experienced another setback with his surgically repaired shoulder. The Diamondbacks put in a waiver claim for him but later outrighted him to Triple-A Reno, where Rodriguez will presumably open the 2024 campaign.

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  • Diamondbacks' Chris Rodriguez: Outrighted to Reno

    The Diamondbacks sent Rodriguez (shoulder) outright to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.

    Rodriguez underwent right shoulder surgery back in November 2021, and multiple setbacks in his recovery limited him to just three minor-league rehab appearances in 2023. There have been no updates on his return timeline since his most recent setback in September, and he will now lose his 40-man roster spot to Blake Walston.

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  • Diamondbacks' Chris Rodriguez: Goes to Diamondbacks via waivers

    Rodriguez was claimed off waivers by the Diamondbacks on Monday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    Rodriguez last pitched in the majors for the Angels in 2021 before missing most of the last two seasons with shoulder issues. He most recently experienced a setback with his back while on a rehab assignment. While Rodriguez's current health status is unclear, he's just 25 and was an exciting young arm before injuries struck.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Another setback with shoulder

    Manager Phil Nevin announced Friday that Rodriguez had another setback with his right shoulder, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Rodriguez was cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment earlier this month, but he had surrendered four earned runs over 2.2 innings (three appearances) between Single-A Inland Empire and Triple-A Salt Lake. The 25-year-old hasn't pitched in a major-league game since 2021 due to ongoing shoulder troubles.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Makes third rehab appearance

    Rodriguez (shoulder) scattered two hits and one walk over a scoreless inning Sunday in his rehab appearance with Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Since beginning his rehab assignment earlier this month, Rodriguez has now made three appearances between Salt Lake and Single-A Lake Elsinore, giving up four earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two. Predictably, Rodriguez has looked rusty while pitching in his first games since undergoing surgery in November 2021 to repair a torn capsule in his right shoulder. Rodriguez may have a chance at returning to the Anaheim bullpen before the end of the season, though any activation from the 60-day injured list may hinge on him pitching effectively for the Triple-A club over the next week.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Starts rehab assignment

    Rodriguez (shoulder) began a rehab assignment with Single-A Inland Empire on Sunday, striking out two while yielding two runs on three hits and no walks.

    The appearance was Rodriguez's first at any level since 2021. The 25-year-old underwent surgery in November 2021 to repair a torn shoulder capsule and had been expected to be fully healthy early in the 2023 season, but he suffered a setback in the spring that pushed back his timeline for a return. Rodriguez will require several more rehab appearances in the minors before potentially emerging as an option to return from the 60-day injured list to join the Anaheim bullpen in the final couple weeks of the season.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Throwing again

    Rodriguez (shoulder) was spotted throwing off a mound Monday at the Angels' spring training complex in Arizona, Jared Tims of TalkinHalos.com reports.

    Rodriguez hasn't made an appearance in affiliated ball since 2021 after he required surgery in October of that year to repair a torn right shoulder capsule. Though the right-hander reported to spring training healthy and even faced hitters, he was placed on the IL to begin the season since the Angels wanted to give him more time to build up to a starter's workload, per MLB.com. Unfortunately for Rodriguez, he experienced a small setback in April followed by a more significant setback in May, prompting the Angels to shut him down for an extended period. He now appears to have resumed a throwing program, but Rodriguez still has multiple checkpoints to hit before the Angels will clear him to head out on a minor-league rehab assignment.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Moved to 60-day IL

    Rodriguez (shoulder) was transferred Saturday from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day injured list.

    Rodriguez recently suffered a setback with his troublesome right shoulder and there is no current timetable for his 2023 debut. This move clears out a 40-man roster spot for top prospect Zach Neto.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Experiences setback in rehab

    Angels manager Phil Nevin said Sunday that Rodriguez suffered a setback in his ramp-up and began experiencing renewed soreness in his right shoulder, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Nevin notes that Rodriguez is still throwing bullpen sessions and playing catch, but the right-hander is no longer facing live hitters and remains without a timetable to make his 2023 debut. Rodriguez missed all of the 2022 campaign after undergoing shoulder surgery in November 2021. The Angels initially had some hope that Rodriguez might be able to contribute for the big club by May, but his setback now makes that unlikely.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Lands on 15-day injured list

    The Angels placed Rodriguez (shoulder) on the 15-day injured list Wednesday.

    Rodriguez is finally facing hitters again after having shoulder surgery in November 2021, but he still needs time to ramp back up fully. Barring any setbacks while he navigates his throwing program, Rodriguez could be ready to begin a rehab assignment shortly after the minor-league season gets underway this weekend.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Tosses live batting practice

    Rodriguez (shoulder) threw 30 pitches in a live batting practice session Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    This was Rodriguez's second such session this week, as he threw 20 pitches in live batting practice Tuesday. Angels manager Phil Nevin said that Rodriguez will throw another live batting practice before potentially getting into a minor-league contest or tossing a simulated game. The right-hander is still working his way back from the shoulder surgery he underwent in late 2021 and is expected to open the season on the injured list.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Throws live batting practice

    Rodriguez (shoulder) threw a 20-pitch live batting practice session Tuesday, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    It was the right-hander's first time facing hitters since August of 2021, as he wound up having right shoulder surgery that November and has faced a long rehab process. Rodriguez was one of the Angels' better young arms prior to the operation, but it remains to be seen how the 24-year-old's stuff will bounce back. He'll begin the season on the injured list and it's unclear when he might be game-ready.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Set to face hitters Tuesday

    Rodriguez (shoulder) will throw live batting practice Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    This is a major step in Rodriguez's rehab from shoulder surgery, as it will represent his first time throwing to live hitters since August of 2021. The right-hander has been tossing bullpen sessions this spring, but his overall recovery from the shoulder issue has been very slow. If Tuesday's session goes well, Rodriguez could throw a sim game or even make an appearance in an exhibition game soon thereafter, but it's likely he'll open the campaign on the injured list.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: No timetable for return

    Angels head athletic trainer Mike Frostad indicated Friday that Rodriguez is still having some issues with his surgically repaired shoulder, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    "We sort of listen to Chris and how he's telling us he's feeling every day," said Frostad. "He has great days and there's some days where it's not as great." Rodriguez is continuing to throw on the side in camp, but there's no timetable for when he might begin appearing in games. The 24-year-old right-hander hasn't thrown a pitch at any level since August 2021.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Still working way back

    Rodriguez (shoulder) hasn't yet thrown to live hitters this spring, though Angels manager Phil Nevin hasn't ruled him out for Opening Day, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

    Rodriguez last saw big-league action in 2021. He underwent shoulder surgery in November of that year and missed all of last season after suffering a setback while working through a throwing program. Nevin indicated that Rodriguez could see Cactus League action in "the middle of spring," and the right-hander tossed a bullpen session Friday, so he's behind the Angels' other pitchers but still in the mix for the Opening Day roster. If he does make the team, it's uncertain if it would be as a reliever or as a starter.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Not ready to throw live BP

    Rodriguez (shoulder) is not on the schedule to throw live batting practice this week in Angels camp, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    Rodriguez is said to be rounding the corner in his recovery from November 2021 shoulder surgery, but he's obviously at least a little behind the other pitchers who are contending for the Angels' projected six-man starting rotation. The 24-year-old right-hander missed all of 2022 and likely won't be an option at the outset of the 2023 campaign given the Halos figure to continue easing him along this spring.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Still recovering with shoulder

    Rodriguez (shoulder) acknowledged Thursday that he is still in recovery mode, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

    "We're getting there," said Rodriguez. "You know, there's still a process to this. So I'll leave that to the higher ups but right now we're feeling really good and everybody's really happy with where we're at." The 24-year-old right-hander did not pitch at any level in 2022 following November 2021 surgery to repair the capsule in his throwing shoulder, and it sounds like he will not be available at the beginning of the 2023 campaign.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Out for season

    Angels athletic trainer Mike Frostad said Thursday that Rodriguez (shoulder) has been ruled out for the rest of the 2022 season, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    The right-hander is progressing through a throwing program at the Angels' spring training facility in Arizona, but he won't see game action this season. Rodriguez has been sidelined all season after undergoing capsule repair surgery in November, and he'll have six more months for his rehab and recovery before the start of spring training in 2023.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Return this season in question

    Rodriguez (shoulder) has been throwing, but his progression has gone slowly, and he may not return this season, per MLB.com.

    Rodriguez had been throwing in May but suffered a setback that shut him down for a few weeks. The right-hander has since resumed throwing, but Angels head athletic trainer Mike Frostad recently indicated that Rodriguez's progression has been taking longer than hoped. There's still a possibility that the 24-year-old could return by the end of the season, but that scenario is becoming increasingly less likely.

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  • Angels' Chris Rodriguez: Back to throwing

    Rodriguez (shoulder) began playing catch this week, Sam Blum of The Athletic reports.

    Rodriguez has been shut down from throwing for the past six weeks after experiencing a setback in his recovery from capsule repair surgery in his right shoulder, but he's finally restarted his throwing program. The 23-year-old is still a significant time period away from seeing game action, and it's unclear if he'll be back with the Angels by the end of 2022.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Age: 25
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R