Ivan Rodriguez may not get another start for the Nationals

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Even though Ivan Rodriguez is healthy and ready to play five days after coming off the disabled list, he’s yet to get a start this month, and Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that Rodriguez might not get another start this season.

“One, [Wilson] Ramos is the No. 1 catcher,” Johnson said. “He needs all the experience he can get. Two, [Jesus Flores] is coming back from two years on the shelf. He can regain his shape. That’s very important.  That’s more important than Pudge getting in a game.  I know [Rodriguez] wants to play and is ready to play. I explained that to him once.”

Rodriguez, who missed nearly two months with a strained oblique, is batting just .212/.273/.322 in 118 at-bats for the season.  He’s 40 now and he hasn’t been an effective hitter in years, but he says he hopes to play four more seasons.  Sadly, he may need to stay in the league that long to get the 158 hits he needs for 3,000.  He has just 25 this year.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.