Rodriguez (shoulder) is doing gym work but has yet to resume throwing, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Rodriguez landed on the injured list Thursday with right shoulder soreness and was originally reported to be in line for a minimum-length stay. The Angels have yet to rule that out, but he'll have to advance to throwing soon if that's to happen.
Rodriguez (shoulder) is expected to return from the injured list when first eligible May 16 after testing came back clean Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Any injury is a particular worry for the young righty, who threw just 9.1 innings from 2018 through 2020 due to back issues and the canceled 2020 minor-league season. This particular issue doesn't appear to be a major one, however, and has given the Angels the opportunity to limit his workload. He's looked quite good despite jumping from High-A to the big leagues this season, as his 26.2 percent strikeout rate and 67.6 percent groundball rate have helped him to a 2.30 ERA in 15.2 innings of relief.
Rodriguez (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Rodriguez exited Wednesday's contest early after feeling irritation in his right shoulder. The team remains optimistic that he will only be on the injured list for the minimum time.
Manager Joe Maddon said after Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Rays that Rodriguez was removed from the contest early due to right shoulder irritation, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
After needing just six pitches to complete a clean sixth inning, Rodriguez was slated to return to the mound for the seventh, but Maddon opted to pull the right-hander early after his shoulder began barking. The skipper indicated Rodriguez will be reevaluated Thursday before the Angels determine his next steps. The 22-year-old rookie has been solid in a setup role this season, posting a 2.30 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 17:8 K:BB in 15.2 innings while scooping up two wins and two holds.
Rodriguez (2-0) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one to earn the win in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over Texas.
The righty has impressed out of the Angels' bullpen early in 2021, pitching to a 2.45 ERA in 14.2 innings. Rodriguez figures to start at some point, be it this season or further down the line, but for now, he remains a relief weapon capable of getting through multiple innings per appearance. The 22-year-old has kept the ball in the park thus far in 2021 and may develop into a viable fantasy asset if he continues to do so.
Rodriguez (1-0) took the win against Houston on Sunday, pitching a scoreless inning in relief. He allowed one walk and struck out two.
The rookie came on in the seventh frame after starter Dylan Bundy allowed a two-run home run to Yuli Gurriel that tied the score. Rodriguez wasn't flawless -- only 12 of his 24 pitches went for strikes, and he allowed two baserunners on a walk and hit-by-pitch -- but he closed out the inning without allowing any additional runs. Shohei Ohtani put the Angels back ahead with a solo homer in the eighth, giving Rodriguez his first victory as a major leaguer. The right-hander has a good chance of moving into a starting role at some point in his career, but for now he is holding his own as a member of the bullpen, registering a 3.18 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 16:7 K:BB across 11.1 innings.
Manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that he now believes Rodriguez has what it takes to eventually move into a starting role, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. "The changeup really adds another layer to him," Maddon said. "He's a strike-thrower and he can get quick outs by challenging hitters with that fastball and force them to beat it into the ground. You can see him becoming a front-line starter. It gives me a lot to think about now that I've seen it."
The skipper made some eyebrow-raising comments in spring training, saying that Rodriguez looked like a reliever to him, but apparently he is changing his tune. Moving past Maddon's lack of foresight, this is excellent news for those who have been rostering Rodriguez in dynasty leagues. Despite this high praise, the 22-year-old will likely stay in the bullpen all season given his injury history so that the Angels can monitor his innings and workload, but it sounds like he could be stretched out for the 2022 season. The righty has a 3.48 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 30.4 percent strikeout rate and 64 percent groundball rate through 10.1 innings (five appearances). His top priority in the short term will be cutting his 13 percent walk rate.
Rodriguez hurled 1.2 scoreless frames in a relief appearance against Toronto on Friday. He allowed no hits and two walks while striking out a pair.
Rodriguez's control was shaky in the outing -- he threw a wild pitch and hit a batter, while only 21 of his 41 pitches went for strikes -- but he navigated his way through 1.2 frames to close out the Angels' victory. Aside from the control issues, the rookie has looked great out of the bullpen so far this season, yielding only one earned run over 6.1 innings while posting an 8:5 K:BB and consistently hitting the upper 90s with his fastball.
Rodriguez struck out three while allowing two hits and one walk in two innings Friday against the White Sox.
This was the big-league debut for one of the Angels' top pitching prospects. Rodriguez made Yoan Moncada and Adam Eaton look silly with a couple of his punchouts and got an assist from Max Stassi with a good frame job on his other strikeout. Rodriguez could turn into the team's top multi-inning reliever this season, as they look to extract value from him at the big-league level. Ideally he will return to being developed as a starting pitcher next year, but that aspect of his development is a little murky at the moment.
Rodriguez has made the Angels' Opening Day roster, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Rodriguez accrued a 5.14 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with 10 punchouts over seven innings during spring training. "He's earned it," stated general manager Perry Minasian. "He's had an outstanding spring." Rodriguez looks set to slot in near the middle of Los Angeles' bullpen and will now await his big-league debut.
Angels manager Joe Maddon suggested Sunday that Rodriguez profiles as a reliever both now and in the future, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. "If you look at (Rodriguez) right now, he looks like a relief pitcher to me," Maddon said. "But that doesn't mean he can't start. Just looking at the way he comes after you, the physical stuff, how intimidating he can be in the short term, it's very interesting. I've not seen enough of him to know the other side of it."
Rodriguez has been used almost exclusively as a starter in the minors, though injuries and the global pandemic have limited him to only three appearances since 2017. He is being considered as an option to break camp with the Angels this season as a reliever, and he has posted an impressive 10:1 K:BB over 6.1 innings this spring. While a transition to relief could help expedite the right-hander's path to the majors, it wouldn't be the best thing for his long-term fantasy value.
Rodriguez is being considered for an Opening Day bullpen spot, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Rodriguez is one of the Angels' best prospects but has made just three starts over the last three years (all at the High-A level) due to back issues and last year's canceled minor-league season. He evidently impressed enough at the alternate site and in camp this spring that the team thinks he may already be ready to debut. The 22-year-old righty has the stuff of a high-leverage reliever or even a frontline starater, though his injuries and lack of a track record make it hard to predict just how much he can offer the Angels this season.
Rodriguez struck out both batters he faced Tuesday versus Cincinnati.
According to Kyle Glaser of Baseball America, Rodriguez hit 98 mph on the radar gun and also used his breaking ball effectively. Not only did the Angels' top pitching prospect whiff both batters he faced, he did so on only six pitches -- five of which were swinging strikes. Perhaps most impressively, one of those batters was Joey Votto, who owns a career 17.8 strikeout rate. Rodriguez was recently named a candidate for a call-up in 2021, and it's easy to see why the Angels are so high on him given the results of his spring debut.
Rodriguez is a candidate to make his big-league debut this season, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Though he has yet to pitch above the High-A level, Rodriguez has the type of arsenal that could make an immediate impact at the big-league level if he is able to put all the pieces together. The right-hander drew rave reviews from those who witnessed him work at the team's alternate training site last season, but he'll need to display his progress against minor-leaguers before becoming an option in the majors. Rodriguez is projected to be a front-end starter in time, though he could debut as a reliever with the big club if the need for a bullpen arm arises.
Rodriguez was added to the Angels' 40-man roster Friday.
The 22-year-old will be protected from the Rule 5 draft despite the fact that he's never pitched above High-A level. He's only ever made three starts at High-A, tossing 9.1 scoreless innings in 2019. He missed all of 2018 and most of 2019 with back issues, so the fact that the Angels felt the need to protect him despite his lack of experience indicates that they're presumably quite high on his future.
Rodriguez will be part of the Angels' 60-man roster.
Rodriguez is one of the organization's best pitching prospects, but has yet to record time past the High-A level. He's dealt with back injuries for much of his career, most recently undergoing surgery in May of 2019. He was able to throw a bullpen session in mid-March and will now continue his throwing program with the big-league club. Nonetheless, it seems unlikely the right-hander will be ready for a significant workload at the highest level in 2020.
Rodriguez (back) has recovered from back surgery and threw a bullpen session in early March, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Rodriguez has pitched only 9.1 innings since 2017 due to back injuries that resulted in surgery in May of 2019. He looks to be healthy to begin the campaign, however, and will likely start the season with High-A Inland Empire, per Bollinger. The right-hander possesses one of the best arms in the Angels' organization and could be a future ace if he is able to maintain his health moving forward.
Rodriguez underwent surgery for a pars defect (a stress fracture in his lower spine) Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Back issues cost Rodriguez the entirety of the 2018 season, and he made just three short starts this year before landing on the injured list. It's not clear when he's expected to return.
Rodriguez was placed on the 7-day injured list Tuesday due to lower back discomfort, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Rodriguez is slated to visit a specialist within the next few days to uncover the extent of the issue. The timeline for his return is murky at this point, although the injury is concerning, as Rodriguez missed the entire 2018 season due to a stress reaction in his back.
Rodriguez will open the year in the rotation with High-A Inland Empire, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
He missed all of 2018 with a stress reaction in his back, so it's encouraging that he is ready to go this year. Rodriguez only logged six starts at Low-A in 2017, but the work he did at the team's complex last year and this spring was apparently impressive enough for him to go to High-A this year. He has at least mid-rotation upside, but significant back injuries are always worth keeping in mind with young pitchers.
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|05/05||vs TB||L 1-3||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|04/28||@ TEX||W 4-3||1||3.1||1||0||1||1|
|04/25||@ HOU||W 4-2||1||1.0||0||0||1||2|
|04/21||vs TEX||L 4-7||2.1||1||1||1||4|
|04/14||@ KC||L 1-6||1.2||2||2||0||2|
|04/09||@ TOR||W 7-1||1.2||0||0||2||2|
|04/05||vs HOU||W 7-6||2.2||3||1||2||3|
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|2019||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||9.1||3||3||0||0||0||0||13||4||6||0.00||1.099|