Dodgers activate Paco Rodriguez from the disabled list

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The Dodgers have activated reliever Paco Rodriguez from the 15-day disabled list, reports Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Rodriguez hasn’t pitched since August 3 due to a strained teres major muscle. He will be available during tonight’s game against the Giants.

Rodriguez hasn’t pitched much in the majors this season and he’s put up mediocre results, sporting a 4.35 ERA over 10 1/3 innings. He had similar results with Triple-A Albuquerque, as he posted a 4.40 ERA in 28 2/3 innings. He was fantastic for the Dodgers last season, and they hope the lefty can rediscover that magic as the club attempts to widen its one-game lead over the Giants in the NL West.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.