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.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: