Brewers send Francisco Rodriguez to Single-A

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As expected the Brewers have sent Francisco Rodriguez to high Single-A and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that he’s slated to make a few appearances there before moving up to Triple-A next week.

Rodriguez signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on April 17 and it includes an opt-out clause if they don’t promote him to the majors within 30 days, so the clock is ticking. If they do call up Rodriguez he’ll be guaranteed $2 million, so presumably K-Rod will need to be impressive enough in the minors to convince the Brewers he can be a quality setup man.

Rodriguez didn’t generate much interest on the open market this offseason, but threw 72 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 72/31 K/BB ratio for the Brewers last year and is still just 31 years old.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.