Angels setup man Fernando Rodney isn’t getting any closer to returning to the major leagues.
According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the rehabbing reliever has been shut down indefinitely due to ongoing discomfort in his back.
Rodney was placed on the 15-day disabled list in early June with an upper-back strain. He was cleared last week to begin a throwing program but had to skip his latest workout after feeling renewed pain and there’s no timetable for him to return to the mound.
Rodney had a 4.09 ERA, 18/15 K/BB ratio and 1.41 WHIP in 22 innings before landing on the disabled list. He’ll be sidelined now until at least late July.
Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.
If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.
In other news, the Rays announced a new blog: