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Jun 21, 2024 1.1 0 2 5.94
Apr 29, 2024 3.2 0 1 4.11 -0.5
Apr 24, 2024 4.0 0 1 3.86 -3
Apr 19, 2024 4.0 0 0 2.35 10.5
Apr 13, 2024 3.2 0 0 2.45 7

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Yariel Rodriguez will turn 27 years old in March and has never pitched in affiliated ball, and he didn't pitch anywhere at all in 2023. Ordinarily, such a player wouldn't be worth a second thought, but the Cuban right-hander's situation is unique. After spending six seasons in his home country as a starter, Rodriguez moved to Japan in 2020 and converted to relief, producing a 3.03 ERA across three seasons. He pitched for Cuba at the 2023 World Baseball Classic, allowing two runs while striking out 10 in 7.1 innings, but that was his only official game action of the season, as he spent the remainder of the year working out in the Dominican Republic while going through the legal process that would allow him to defect from Cuba and pitch stateside. That rustiness may give MLB clubs pause, as might his 10.4% walk rate in Japan, though it's worth noting that he cut that figure to 8.2% in his final season, a year in which he recorded a 1.15 ERA. Rodriguez didn't earn any saves in Japan, so the odds of him closing in America any time soon are slim, but he should be able to help a big-league bullpen.

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2024 143.5 15.3 1 16 8 4.11 1.76
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Chased in second inning

    Rodriguez (0-2) yielded five runs (four earned) on two hits and three walks over 1.1 innings Friday, striking out one batter and taking a loss against the Guardians. Rodriguez began his outing with a scoreless inning before Cleveland racked up seven runs in the second frame. It was his first appearance since April 29 due to a back injury. His season ERA jumped from 4.11 to 5.94 through 16.2 innings. The 27-year-old righty is currently lined up for his next appearance in Boston next week. Rodriguez has yet to complete more than four innings in a start this season.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Could start Friday

    Blue Jays manager John Schneider confirmed that Rodriguez (back) has returned to Toronto and could be reinstated from the 15-day injured list to start Friday in Cleveland, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports. Rodriguez wrapped up his six-start rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, when he struck out seven while allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over three innings. He tossed 79 pitches in the outing and should be built up enough to handle a traditional starter's workload, if the Blue Jays want to give it to him. Before Rodriguez landed on the IL on April 30 with thoracic spine inflammation, the Blue Jays had been managing his usage carefully, as he worked between three and four innings in each of his four starts. Should Toronto elect to manage Rodriguez's workload again if he starts Friday, he could be deployed as part of a tandem with Bowden Francis, who had most recently served as a bulk reliever when the No. 5 spot in the rotation came up.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Set to return from IL this week

    Rodriguez (back) rejoined the Blue Jays following his rehab start with Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday and is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day injured list later this week, Francys Romero of BeisbolFR.com reports. In his sixth and final rehab outing with Buffalo, Rodriguez tossed 79 pitches over three innings, striking out seven while giving up two earned runs on three hits and three walks. Per Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca, Rodriguez's fastball averaged 93 miles per hour -- just one tick behind his season-long average over four starts with Toronto -- and topped out at 96. He'll likely step in as the Blue Jays' new No. 5 starter during this weekend's series in Cleveland, though manager John Schneider could choose to deploy Rodriguez as part of a tandem with Bowden Francis. In three of his previous four starts prior to landing on the IL on April 30 with thoracic spine inflammation, Rodriguez had been followed by Francis out of the bullpen and covered between three and four innings on each occasion.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: One more rehab start

    Rodriguez (back) will make one more rehab start with Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. The Blue Jays were considering bringing Rodriguez back from the 15-day injured list to make a start this weekend against the Guardians after he struck out 10 over four shutout innings in his most recent rehab start Tuesday. However, the club has opted to get him stretched out a bit more before likely activating the right-hander next weekend. Rodriguez has been out since late April with thoracic spine inflammation.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Poised to return this weekend

    Blue Jays manager John Schneider said Wednesday that the club is considering activating Rodriguez (back) from the 15-day injured list to start either Saturday versus the Guardians, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Rodriguez was terrific in his latest and likely final rehab start with Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, striking out 10 over four shutout innings while scattering three hits and one walk. He would be starting on short rest if he's brought back Saturday, but the club is considering it because it prefers giving Jose Berrios an extra day of rest before his next outing, which would fall Sunday. If Rodriguez is in fact tabbed to fill the opening in the rotation Saturday, he could be deployed as part of a tandem with Bowden Francis, who had been occupying the No. 5 spot in the rotation following Alek Manoah's (elbow) move to the IL.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Next rehab start coming Tuesday

    Rodriguez (back) is scheduled to make another rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Buffalo, MLB.com reports. Rodriguez is closing in on a return from the 15-day injured list after the Blue Jays deactivated him April 30 due to thoracic spine inflammation. The Blue Jays appear to be prepping for Rodriguez to take on a starting role upon his return from the IL -- or are at least keeping him available as a rotation option -- as MLB.com notes that the organization wants him to push his pitch count up to 75 before he's activated. In his most recent rehab start with Buffalo last Wednesday, Rodriguez tossed 43 pitches over three shutout innings, then tossed 15 more pitches in a bullpen session immediately upon leaving the game. If he's able to add around 15 more pitches to his workload Tuesday, Rodriguez could get the green light to rejoin the big club as soon as the upcoming weekend. Should the Blue Jays choose to include Rodriguez in their rotation, he would likely unseat Bowden Francis as the No. 5 starter, though even in that scenario, Toronto could deploy the two pitchers as a piggyback tandem like it did earlier in the season.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Next rehab outing coming Wednesday

    Rodriguez (back) is slated to make his next rehab appearance Wednesday for Triple-A Buffalo as a reliever, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Though Rodriguez has started in each of his last three rehab outings, the Blue Jays want to have the right-hander get comfortable with working out of the bullpen in case he ends up being deployed in that capacity upon returning from the 15-day injured list. Even while he's set to come on in relief Wednesday, Rodriguez is still expected to increase his workload, as he's being targeted for around 55 pitches. If all goes well Wednesday, Rodriguez could make his next appearance with the Blue Jays, potentially as a replacement in the rotation for the injured Alek Manoah (elbow). Bowden Francis (forearm) also appears on track to return from the IL in the near future, and he and Rodriguez could end up forming a tandem for the fifth spot in the rotation if the Blue Jays don't want to commit to either as a traditional starter.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Rehab assignment coming

    Rodriguez (back) is scheduled to make a rehab appearance at Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. After throwing off a mound earlier this week, Rodriguez is set to make his first rehab appearance Tuesday. He made four starts prior to his back flaring up, but with the Blue Jays having indicated they wanted to monitor his workload in 2024, he could shift to the bullpen once he returns.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Placed on injured list

    The Blue Jays placed Rodriguez on the 15-day injured list Tuesday with thoracic spine inflammation. Rodriguez began experiencing soreness in his back following his start against the Royals on Monday. He was initially labeled as day-to-day Tuesday, but further evaluation resulted in a stint on the injured list being the recommended course of action. Zach Pop will come up from the minors to fill the void in Toronto's pitching staff, though it is unclear who will take Rodriguez's spot in the starting rotation.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Dealing with back soreness

    Rodriguez is experiencing back soreness after Monday's start against the Royals and is considered day-to-day, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Rodriguez's back issues flared up again following Monday's 3.2-inning start, a resurgence of an injury that bothered him throughout spring training. With his next scheduled start coming Sunday at Washington, Rodriguez will have some time to heal up. However, with Alek Manoah (shoulder) nearing a return and making what's likely to be his last rehab start Tuesday, the Blue Jays could push Rodriguez back to the bullpen and give Manoah the ball Sunday.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Set to start Friday

    Rodriguez will start Friday against the Padres, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Rodriguez impressed in his major-league debut Saturday against the Rockies, allowing run run with six strikeouts over 3.2 innings. While the right-hander will stick in the Blue Jays' rotation for now, the team will surely need to curtail his workload eventually. Rodriguez didn't pitch at all in 2023 and was used as a reliever in Japan in 2022.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Punches out six in big-league debut

    Rodriguez allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out six over 3.2 innings in a no-decision against the Rockies on Saturday. The right-hander threw 68 pitches in his major-league debut, and the extent of the damage was a Brenton Doyle solo homer in the third inning. Rodriguez induced 12 swinging strikes while mixing in hesitations to his delivery and playing with different arm angles, as noted by Keegan Matheson of MLB.com. Blue Jays manager John Schneider praised Rodriguez's performance after the game, saying the 27-year-old was "electric" and that the team "couldn't have asked for much more." Rodriguez makes for an interesting pickup in fantasy with the assumption that he's sticking in the starting rotation, though the team may continue to limit his pitch count for the time being given Rodriguez didn't pitch professionally in 2023 after defecting from Cuba.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Will be recalled Saturday

    Rodriguez is with the Blue Jays in Toronto and will be officially recalled prior to Saturday's game versus the Rockies, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Whether he will start Saturday's game is not yet clear. Bowden Francis is currently scheduled for Saturday's start, but he's been torched for 12 runs over his first 8.1 innings. Toronto could also utilize Rodriguez as long relief protection in the event Francis has another short outing. Rodriguez has tossed 6.1 shutout innings with a 10:3 K:BB in his first two starts with Triple-A Buffalo.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: To be promoted to majors

    The Blue Jays plan to promote Rodriguez to the major-league club sometime this weekend, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Rodriguez joined the Blue Jays this offseason on a multi-year deal after pitching in Japan for the previous four seasons. He's started a pair of games with Triple-A Buffalo, working a total of 6.1 shutout innings with a 10:3 K:BB. It's unclear how the club intends to deploy Rodriguez, though he may take the rotation spot of Bowden Francis, who has struggled significantly early on in the campaign.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Yields one run in spring debut

    Rodriguez (back) permitted one run in two innings of work Sunday versus the Twins in his Grapefruit League debut. Rodriguez served up a solo home run to Brooks Lee in the first inning, but that was the only hit he allowed. He walked one, struck out a pair and touched 96.8 mph with his fastball, per Francys Romero of MLB.com. It's not clear what the Blue Jays' plans are for Rodriguez's role at the beginning of the season. His abbreviated spring and lack of pitching in 2023 work against him claiming one of the rotation spots open while Kevin Gausman (shoulder) and Alek Manoah (shoulder) are out, however.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Making spring debut versus Twins

    Rodriguez (back) is scheduled to start Sunday's split-squad Grapefruit League game versus the Twins. The 27-year-old right-hander from Cuba -- who signed a four-year, $24.4 million deal with Toronto in February -- is expected to cover approximately two innings Saturday in what will be his Blue Jays and spring debut. The Blue Jays haven't yet decided on whether Rodriguez will begin the 2024 season as a starter or a multi-inning option out of the bullpen, though Toronto has two spots in the Opening Day rotation available with both Kevin Gausman (shoulder) and Alek Manoah (shoulder) likely to start the campaign on the injured list. Bowden Francis appears to have an edge on one of the available starting spots, but the competition for the No. 5 slot in the rotation appears to be up for grabs.
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  • Blue Jays' Yariel Rodriguez: Slated for live BP on Friday

    Rodriguez (back) came out of a bullpen session Sunday well and is slated to throw live batting practice Friday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports. Rodriguez has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut as he deals with back spasms. While he's moving in the right direction, he doesn't have a ton of time to prep for Opening Day, especially considering he didn't pitch anywhere in 2023. Rodriguez is slated for a long-term starting role but, if healthy, could open the season in long relief.
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