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Thursday, July 07, 2022

Detroit Tigers haven’t heard from Eduardo Rodriguez since placing LHP on restricted list 3 weeks ago

The Detroit Tigers have had no communication with Eduardo Rodriguez since placing the star pitcher on the restricted list three weeks ago, according to general manager Al Avila, who said the team has “no choice but to wait it out right now.”

Avila addressed Rodriguez’s status Wednesday, 23 days after the left-hander was placed on the restricted list because of a personal matter. The Tigers announced at the time that Rodriguez would not rejoin the team “until further notice,” and Avila noted Wednesday that situation is “unusual.”

“We’ve reached out, but obviously he hasn’t reached out back, so we’re just kind of waiting it out,” Avila told reporters. “It is unusual, but we have no choice but to wait it out right now and see what develops as we move forward.”

Rodriguez is in the first year of a five-year, $77 million deal with the Tigers but has not pitched since suffering a rib cage injury on May 18. He was set to return from a minor league rehab assignment before being placed on the restricted list June 13.

Rodriguez has not been paid while on the restricted list, and Avila declined to answer whether the Tigers have discussed voiding his contract.

“I’m not going to get into that at this point,” Avila said. “Obviously that’s a private situation right now on his part, so I won’t get into any of those legalities.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2022 at 10:32 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: July 07, 2022 at 10:54 AM (#6085883)
This sounds like something very bad.
   2. Cris E Posted: July 07, 2022 at 01:02 PM (#6085895)
Last winter I was kind of bummed out that my Twins didn't make more of an effort to check this guy out. Now I wonder if there was scuttlebutt about Rodriguez back then, or did he just sign quickly before the lockout and not play the market that hard?
   3. Jose is an Absurd Sultan Posted: July 07, 2022 at 01:34 PM (#6085899)
I was bummed the Sox let him walk too. I don't remember ever hearing anything negative during his tenure with the Sox. He could be infuriating as a pitchers mixing great outings with bad ones to a whiplash-inducing degree but never any off field issues. COVID hit him hard, he had a heart issue because of it and I don't know if this is related to that. Just hope he and his family are all well.
   4. Jay Seaver Posted: July 07, 2022 at 03:02 PM (#6085906)
What Jose said. Seemed like a decent guy, but I got so used to him as a frustrating "always 100+ pitches by the end of 5 innings after walking people he was up 0-2 on" guy that it took me a while to recognize when he got pretty good. There seemed to be surprisingly little effort to re-sign him, so maybe the Red Sox had some idea he had issues, but I mostly chalked that up on him wanting to leave; there were a couple of times when he seemed very frustrated at how few of his teammates were masking and getting vaccinated after what he went through.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: July 07, 2022 at 10:36 PM (#6085943)
Three weeks seems like a long time and presumably there were a few days of non-contact before they got to the point of putting him on the RL. I hope/assume that his family, friends or agent have been in touch or they'd have gone to the press by this point. You'd think the agent would have contacted the team though. If it's been three weeks since anybody had contact with him then let's find the man.
   6. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: July 08, 2022 at 09:38 AM (#6085970)
In fairness, no one had heard from the Tigers bats during the first two-plus months of the season.
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 08, 2022 at 11:43 AM (#6085980)

Three weeks seems like a long time and presumably there were a few days of non-contact before they got to the point of putting him on the RL

At the time they put him on the RL, they said they were in contact with him.

“I’ve been in touch with Eduardo,” manager A.J. Hinch said, “and I’m looking forward to his return, whenever that is, continue to support him. Al’s statement is Al’s statement.”

Rodriguez is doing OK and is at home in Florida with his children, Hinch told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday morning.

Rodriguez had been on the 15-day injured list since suffering a left rib cage strain in his May 18 start at Tampa Bay. The left-hander seemed poised for a return after throwing four scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in a rehab start at Triple-A Toledo last Thursday. However, Hinch announced Sunday that Rodriguez wouldn’t be rejoining the Tigers rotation yet.

“The restricted list part is the relationship with the player and the organization,” Hinch said. “I knew he wasn’t going to make his [next] start, and he wasn’t going to pitch in the Minor Leagues or the Major Leagues at this time. So this was inevitable.”
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 08, 2022 at 11:54 AM (#6085982)
No contact doesn't mean the guy is missing. He may just be ignoring the teams calls.
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: July 08, 2022 at 12:31 PM (#6085987)
Al’s statement is Al’s statement.”

The more personalized version of "it is what it is."
   10. pikepredator Posted: July 08, 2022 at 01:13 PM (#6085990)
SOSH I find it more fun to read it as AI/Artificial Intelligence being self-referential.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 08, 2022 at 04:28 PM (#6086000)
SOSH I find it more fun to read it as AI/Artificial Intelligence being self-referential.
If science has come up with an AI Rickey Henderson, I’m impressed.
   12. Walt Davis Posted: July 08, 2022 at 05:26 PM (#6086008)
No contact doesn't mean the guy is missing. He may just be ignoring the teams calls.

Sure. But you removed the context of my statement -- if nobody has been in contact for three weeks, if he's ducking everybody's calls, then the man is in trouble. If he's holed up at mom's and everybody concerned knows he's "OK" then fine.

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