Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez has been in contract with Tigers GM Al Avila, supervisor A.J. Hinch, and pitching coach Chris Fetter in latest days, and Avila and Hinch informed reporters (together with MLive.com’s Evan Woodbery) that plans are in movement for Rodriguez’s return. The hurler has already began a throwing program and is then slated to work out on the Tigers’ spring facility in Lakeland earlier than embarking on some minor league rehab begins.
As Hinch put it, Rodriguez “has to undergo one other Spring Coaching” given all of his missed time, and thus the group will take a “methodical” method. For now, Rodriguez is being focused for a late-August return to Detroit, Avila stated. Rodriguez final pitched for the Tigers on Could 18, as he spent near a month on the injured record on account of a ribcage pressure earlier than he was placed on the restricted list on June 13 on account of unspecified private issues.
The state of affairs took a considerably mysterious flip earlier this month when Avila and Hinch stated they hadn’t heard from Rodriguez, and that the left-hander hadn’t been responding to the workforce’s overtures. Nevertheless, Avila stated immediately that “he expressed to me that he’s working onerous, his private conditions are being taken care of and sooner or later he’ll be over that. He’s trying ahead to re-joining the workforce and serving to us win.”
The Tigers signed Rodriguez to a five-year, $77MM free agent in November, one among a number of main transactions made by a Detroit membership that felt it was prepared to finish its rebuild. Sadly, the Tigers have stumbled to a 38-56 file, on account of each a near-total lack of hitting and several other accidents to the rotation. Rodriguez additionally acquired off to a gradual begin (4.38 ERA in 39 innings) earlier than hitting the injured record, and his standing on the restricted record has added an uncommon twist on a misplaced season within the Motor Metropolis.
Rodriguez’s absence has come at a big monetary value, as he hasn’t been paid throughout his time on the restricted record. Assuming he does get activated in late August as deliberate, the southpaw may have misplaced roughly $5.5MM of his $14MM wage for the 2022 season.