Friday marks the start to the second half of the season for the Los Angeles Dodgers and it comes with positive news for Paco Rodriguez.
After optioning Pedro Baez to Triple-A Albuquerque just prior to the All-Star Break, the Dodgers have filled the vacant roster spot by calling up Rodriguez, who was with the Isotopes.
Rodriguez was part of the 30-man roster the Dodgers traveled with to Australia for their Opening Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He didn’t appear in either of the two games, but saw action once the team return stateside.
The left-hander was then optioned to the minors when Brian Wilson was activated from the 15-day disabled list in April. Although Rodriguez was one of the more effective relievers, he fell victim to being one of the few players on the roster with Minor League options remaining.
Rodriguez briefly rejoined the Dodgers at the end of April and has been with the Isotopes since May 2. The 23-year-old has appeared in 29 games with the Isotopes and is 2-3 with a 4.56 ERA. He last pitched for the Isotopes July 11.
In 10 games with the Dodgers this season, but only seven innings pitched, Rodriguez has allowed five runs on 10 hits and holds a 6.43 ERA.
How long Rodriguez’s third stint with the Dodgers will last largely hinges on Josh Beckett’s health. Baez replaced Beckett on the active roster when the veteran starter was placed on the disabled list and it’s now a spot Rodriguez holds.
Manager Don Mattingly aligned his post All-Star break rotation so that Beckett’s spot isn’t until July 22 when the Dodgers are in Pittsburgh.
That results in four games Rodriguez could make an appearance in, though Beckett’s time on the DL could be prolonged if he isn’t deemed healthy. If that were to be the case, Paul Maholm would likely make another spot start and that possibly would extend Rodriguez’s time up.
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