Rodriguez (0-2) allowed two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks in a loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Leadoff doubles in the third and sixth led to runs against him, but Rodriguez worked around all the other traffic he allowed. While Rodriguez doesn't have a win in three outings, he has yet to yield more than two runs in any of those starts. He is 0-2 with a 2.41 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. Despite the record, Rodriguez has likely earned another start since Corey Kluber (forearm) and Mike Clevinger (back) on both on the IL.
Rodriguez was called up by Cleveland on Tuesday to start against the White Sox, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Rodriguez has made two starts for Cleveland this season, allowing three runs in 12.2 innings. With Corey Kluber (forearm) and Mike Clevinger (back) both out for quite some time, Rodriguez could be given the opportunity to earn several more starts. Jon Edwards was optioned in a corresponding move.
Rodriguez will be called up from Triple-A Columbus and is scheduled to start Tuesday versus the White Sox, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Rodriguez has already filled in as spot starter twice for the Indians this season and pitched well with a 2.13 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 6:2 K:BB over 12.2 innings. Corey Kluber (forearm) and Mike Clevinger (back) are on the injured list, which could give the 25-year-old an extended opportunity in the rotation.
Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A Columbus following his spot start Wednesday against the Marlins, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. The right-hander didn't factor into the decision, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three across seven innings.
Rodriguez held his own in what was his second start of the season for the Indians, but he'll head back to the minors to remain stretched out as the team won't need a fifth starter again until early May. The young righty has allowed just three runs through two starts (12.2 innings) with the big club this season.
Rodriguez will make his second start for the Tribe as a replacement for Mike Clevinger (back), who is expected to remain out for at least a couple months. Due to a slew of off-days in the Indians' schedule, the Tribe had been able to get by with a four-man rotation temporarily, so Rodriguez was merely sent down to the minors to give the team more roster flexibility. So long as he performs adequately, Rodriguez should stick as the team's fifth starter, given the lack of appealing healthy alternatives within the organization.
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