Rodriguez went 0-for-12 over his last four games for Triple-A Columbus prior to the All-Star break and has not had consecutive games with a hit since early June, Branson Wright of The Plain Dealer reports.
The 23-year-old is enduring a rough ride in his first rodeo at Triple-A. Rodriguez is slashing just .134/.235/.303 through his first 73 games, while amassing a monstrous 42.1 percent strikeout rate.
Rodriguez (ankle) went 2-for-6 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in the first game of the year for Triple-A Columbus.
He suffered a sprained ankle while in big-league camp this spring, but the injury did not cost him any time in the minor-league regular season. It's hard to envision Rodrigurez carving out an everyday role in the big leagues, considering he hits right-handed, offers little defensive value at first base and posted strikeout rates north of 32 percent in two stops at Double-A, but he could profile as a lefty masher off the bench.
Rodriguez (ankle) was reassigned to minor league camp Wednesday.
The young slugger was experiencing some success in big league camp, but now that he's hobbling on an injured ankle, he'll head back to the minors to rehab and continue developing. Rodriguez crushed 26 home runs at Double-A Akron last season, so he could push for a promotion to Triple-A by the end of the season if he continues to demolish lower-level pitching.
Rodriguez is expected to miss a week with a sprained ankle, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Fortunately, the ankle injury that Rodriguez doesn't seem to be particularly serious, as the club expects him to return fairly soon. Through 14 games this spring, Rodriguez has gone 10-for-27 with four RBI and a double.
Rodriguez left Sunday's game against the Padres with a sprained ankle, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Before exiting the game, Rodriguez was 2-for-2 with one RBI. Further information regarding the severity of the sprain should become available in the near future after Cleveland's trainers have the opportunity to examine the injury further.
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