Rodriguez landed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right abdominal strain.
Rodriguez has met expectations as a replacement-level bench player for the Phillies this season, posting a playable .224/.324/.379 slash line while starting at five different positions. The transaction was made retroactive to Wednesday, so Rodriguez could be back as soon as next Saturday if healthy. Adam Haseley was recalled in a corresponding move.
Rodriguez came on as a pinch hitter and hit a solo home run in his only at-bat in Thursday's loss to the Braves.
Rodriguez was called upon to pinch hit in the sixth inning and delivered a 414-foot blast to center field. It was his first home run since April 25 -- a span of 50 at-bats. Functioning primarily as a pinch hitter, Rodriguez is slashing .214/.318/.375 in 56 at-bats this season.
Rodriguez will start in left field and bat sixth in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Nationals, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
The utility man will enter the starting nine in place of Jay Bruce, who is still tending to the strained left hamstring he sustained over the weekend. The Phillies continue to view Bruce's injury as more of a day-to-day concern, so Rodriguez doesn't look to be in line for a full-time role.
Rodriguez will start at third base and bat eighth Thursday against the Cubs.
Rodriguez will enter the lineup for just the third time in May with everyday third baseman Maikel Franco receiving a rare day off. Though Rodriguez's ability to play multiple spots in the infield and outfield makes him a quality bench piece, Scott Kingery and Phil Gosselin offer similar versatility. Kingery would likely be first in line to ascend to a full-time role if any of the Phillies' everyday players should miss time due to an injury.
Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Marlins.
Rodriguez earned his second consecutive start at shortstop with both Scott Kingery (hamstring) and Jean Segura (hamstring) still out. He took advantage by taking southpaw Caleb Smith deep for his first home run of the season. Segura is on track to return Saturday against the Marlins, meaning regular playing time will be short-lived for Rodriguez.
Rodriguez's contract was selected by the Phillies on Wednesday, and he'll head straight into the starting lineup against the Mets.
Rodriguez failed to make the Phillies on a minor-league deal out of camp and was passed over for Phil Gosselin and Mitch Walding as the first two infielders called up this season. He's up to replace Walding now and will give the Phillies another player (along with Gosselin) able to handle shortstop until Jean Segura and Scott Kingery return from their hamstring injuries. Neither player is expected to miss too much time, so Rodriguez's stay on the roster may be a short one.
Rodriguez pinch hit in Monday's game against the Tigers despite a meniscus tear, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.
The injury is reportedly insignificant enough that he can play through the pain. The veteran is battling for a bench spot as a non-roster invitee, so he'll need every at-bat he can get if he's to claim a place on the team.
Rodriguez tore his meniscus Tuesday and could require surgery, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The Phillies will make the call on surgery after a few days once the swelling has gone down. Rodriguez had been hoping to win a utility spot on the team's bench this spring, but he'll now likely miss out on the opportunity to prove himself even if surgery doesn't end up being required.
Rodriguez signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on Friday which includes an invitation to major-league camp, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Scott Kingery and Roman Quinn are likely to be the top two bench options in Philadelphia, but that leaves one or two spots still available for Rodriguez to fight for. The 33-year-old has the versatility required of an end-of-the-bench player, having appeared everywhere except pitcher and catcher last season, but his bat has been clearly trending in the wrong direction. He's posted a miserable .167/.277/.305 line in 326 plate appearances over the last two seasons and will need a strong spring if he's to be seriously considered for a roster spot.
Rodriguez was released by the Pirates on Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The 33-year-old struggled to a .167/.277/.313 line in 66 games prior to earning his release. Some team could take the chance on a veteran with the ability to play multiple positions, but he's unlikely to have much fantasy value as he hasn't broken the Mendoza line since 2016.
Rodriguez was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Rodriguez was cast off the active roster in order to make room for Jordy Mercer (calf), who was reinstated from the DL in a corresponding move. The utility man will now pass through waivers in order to determine where he will wind up. In 66 games with Pittsburgh, he hit just .167/.277/.313.
Rodriguez (abdomen) was activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's series opener against the Brewers, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Though Rodriguez was expected to require a rehab assignment this weekend, the Pirates instead elected to reinstate him from the shelf ahead of a three-game set in Milwaukee. In a corresponding move, the club optioned Michael Feliz to Triple-A on Thursday. Across 63 games this year, Rodriguez has slashed .163/.276/.313 with five home runs and 18 RBI.
Rodriguez (abdomen) will start a minor-league rehab assignment soon, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
Rodriguez has been out for over two weeks with a left abdominal strain. It's unclear when his rehab assignment will begin or how long it will last, but he's trending in the right direction and should be back in Pittsburgh before too long, barring setbacks.
Rodriguez (abdomen) was cleared Wednesday to resume all baseball activities, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Rodriguez has been on the shelf since Aug. 5 with a left oblique strain. Though he's trending in the right direction, Rodriguez won't be activated from the disabled list Thursday when first eligible, with Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk stating that the nature of the utility man's injury will force him to miss more than the minimum amount of time. If Rodriguez is able to begin a minor-league rehab assignment or resume playing in simulated games within the next week, he could be activated from the DL before rosters expand in September.
Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left abdomen strain.
Rodriguez is 1-for-17 in his last 19 plate appearances as he has apparently been dealing with an abdomen strain. It's unclear when exactly the 33-year-old sustained the injury, but the Pirates brought the recently-acquired Adeiny Hechavarria onto the active roster to bolster their infield depth.
Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and made an error Wednesday against the Cubs, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
"Tough evening for sure (for Rodriguez)," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've seen a little bit more of that. He's working to try to figure some things out and we're trying to give him an opportunity to figure some things out." His hot-hitting series in Cincinnati following the All-Star break seems like a distant memory. Rodriguez has struck out 10 times in his last 19 plate appearances, going just 1-for-17.
Rodriguez will start at shortstop and bat eighth Sunday against the Mets.
Rodriguez's versatility will earn him his fourth start in five games, with the utility man playing three different positions over that stretch. Unfortunately for fantasy owners who scooped Rodriguez up after his big series in Cincinnati last weekend, the 33-year-old has since followed up with no hits and five strikeouts in 10 at-bats.
Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with his fifth homer of the season in Sunday's 9-2 win over Cincinnati.
He's started at second base for all three games since the All-Star break, going 6-for-12 with a double, two homers and six RBI. Starting second baseman Josh Harrison isn't far from returning: He could be back as soon as Monday, but Rodriguez is hot right now. It wouldn't be surprising to see manager Clint Hurdle find a spot for the 33-year-old, even if Harrison returns against the Indians.
Rodriguez will start at second base and bat seventh Sunday against the Reds, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
After a nearly month-long stint on the disabled list, Rodriguez made an impact in his return to action Friday, finishing 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, four RBI and three runs. He turned in a more modest 1-for-4 effort in Saturday's contest, but Rodriguez will earn a third straight start in the series finale with Josh Harrison (hamstring) confined to the bench. Should Harrison's injury result in a move to the DL, Rodriguez would likely continue to see the bulk of the action at the keystone.
Rodriguez's three-hit, four-RBI performance Friday snapped a 2-for-38 slump that started May 20.
He's had a dreadful showing in 2018, both at the plate and in the field. The slick fielder has already totaled five errors in limited play. As a result, there have been calls for the team to release Rodriguez, especially with prospects Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer waiting in the wings at Triple-A. While it remains to be seen whether Rodriguez finishes the year with Pittsburgh, for at least one night he showed the potential which made him a fine utility man for several seasons. Rodriguez is slashing .165/.289/.314 with four home runs in 142 plate appearances.
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