Wandy Rodriguez, who is starting Friday night’s Grapefruit League match-up with the Marlins, has been penciled into the No. 4 spot in the Braves’ starting rotation, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Eric Stults, Cody Martin, and Mike Foltynewicz are competing for the fifth and final spot.
Rodriguez, 36, made only six starts and posted a 6.75 ERA last season before going on the disabled list with inflammation in his right knee. He underwent surgery on his knee in late June, ending his season.
Rodriguez had originally signed with the Phillies on a minor league deal in December, but failed a physical. The Braves swooped in and signed him to a minor league deal in mid-January. So far this spring, Rodriguez has allowed one run on six hits with a 5/5 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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