Paco Rodriguez emerged as a reliable option for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, though he wound up being relied on too heavily and eventually wasn’t too effective down the stretch of the season.
Outside of a few stints with the Dodgers, Rodriguez spent much of this season in the Minors with Triple-A Albuquerque. Rodriguez was last called up Aug. 2 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list three days later.
The left-hander hander threw a bullpen session earlier in the week with the hope being he’d manage to return in September.
Rodriguez was scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday, however it didn’t take place as he suffered a setback, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
Setback for Paco Rodriguez. Sim game today scrapped.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) September 5, 2014
With the Dodgers in the final month of the regular season, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports Rodriguez may not return:
Setback for Paco Rodriguez, might not be able to return this year because of time running out.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 5, 2014
If he’s unable to make his way back, Rodriguez would join Josh Beckett in pitchers who attempted to return from injury but were unable to. Thus far, Rodriguez has appeared in 13 games with the Dodgers. Rodriguez threw 28.2 innings across 32 appearances with the Isotopes and had a 2-3 record.
Without Rodriguez in the fold, J.P. Howell remains the lone left-handed reliever in the bullpen. However, manager Don Mattingly has expressed confidence in Jamey Wright’s ability to face lefties — they’re hitting .204 this season against Wright, compared to right-handed batters who are batting .283.
While Wright gives Mattingly another option to face left-handed hitters, losing Rodriguez as a specialist would hurt the Dodgers, particularly in postseason play.
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