WSVN Miami is reporting that Braves utilityman Sean Rodriguez, his wife Giselle, and their two young children were involved in a car accident in West Miami-Dade on Saturday afternoon. Rodriguez’s black Chevy Suburban was T-boned by a stolen Miami-Dade Police cruiser. Rodriguez was behind the wheel and was not hurt. His wife and children were taken to area hospitals. As of Sunday, WSVN reports that Giselle is listed as being in fair condition and their two kids are in serious but stable condition.
The Braves released a statement, which read:
We are aware that Braves player Sean Rodriguez and his family were involved in a very serious car accident Saturday night in Miami, Fla. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the health and well-being of Sean’s family as they look to recover.
Rodriguez, 31, was born in Miami and spent five of his nine seasons in the majors with the Rays in St. Petersburg. He and the Braves agreed on a two-year, $11.5 million contract this past November after he had a very productive 2016 campaign with the Pirates. He hit .270/.349/.510 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 342 plate appearances, having played every position except pitcher and catcher.
We at NBC are glad to hear that Rodriguez was unharmed in the accident and wish a full and speedy recovery to his wife and two children.
The Dodgers beat the Twins last night thanks to a Cody Bellinger three-run homer. But Bellinger was not the only Dodgers rookie who had a notable game. A far more unconventional one is worth mentioning as well.
That rookie is reliever Edward Paredes, who made his big league debut last night. What makes him unconventional: he’s 30. Turns 31 in September, actually. Paredes pitched professionally for 12 years before making it to The Show. Most of that time was in the affiliated minors in the Mariners, Indians, Angels and Dodgers organizations. He spent time in the independent Atlantic League in 2013-15 as well.
Paredes did not do anything heroic last night. It was more of a right place/right time kind of appearance, retiring the side in order with a fly out, line out and a ground out and remaining the pitcher of record while Bellinger hit that three-run homer. That’s enough for a W, though. A W that Paredes waited a lot longer for than most pitchers who notch one in the bigs.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network says that the Nationals could pursue Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray if Stephen Strasburg‘s forearm issue lingers. Strasburg left Sunday’s start early due to forearm tightness, saying he was unable to get loose. Sometimes that’s a sign of a major injury. Sometimes it’s just a thing that happens and then goes away.
The Nationals will have to make a determination as to how big a deal this all is pretty soon, though, as a lot of other teams, including the Yankees, Brewers and Astros have all been linked to Gray. It seems inevitable at this point that the A’s will move their ace before Monday’s trade deadline.
Gray is set to start tonight. It may very well be his last in an A’s uniform.