Wandy Rodriguez was reportedly set to sign a minor-league deal with the Phillies two weeks ago, but the contract was voided when the 36-year-old left-hander failed a physical exam.
And now David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Rodriguez has signed a minor-league deal with the Braves.
Rodriguez was limited to just six starts last season due to knee and forearm injuries and also made just 12 starts in 2013. Prior to that he was a solid mid-rotation starter, posting a sub-4.00 ERA every season from 2008-2012.
He’ll compete for the fifth spot in Atlanta’s rotation and according to O’Brien the deal will be worth $2 million if he makes the team, which has apparently has lower standards for pitcher health than Philadelphia.
Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.
It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.
All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.
All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.
UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: