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Fernando Rodriguez to Miss 2013 Season

March 14, 2013

The A’s presumably will have a vacant 40-man roster spot open as righty reliever Fernando Rodriguez who came out of a game earlier this week with elbow tightness is now slated to undergo Tommy John surgery. Rodriguez who came over from Houston in the trade that net the A’s Jed Lowrie, is 29 this June and this could spell the end of his career with the Athletics given his age and tenuous chances at a roster spot in a somewhat full bullpen. Originally drafted by the Angels in the 18th round of the 2003 draft last year he pitched 70 1/3 innings for the Astros, posting an unendearing 5.37 ERA, to go with a less ugly 4.22 FIP for a grand total of -0.1 WAR. He got to that point by throwing 10.0 K/9, 4.4 BB/9 while allowing 1.3 HR/9. His career shutdown to meltdown ratio of 26:24 did not inspire any confidence either.

Before his elbow flared up, Rodriguez threw two and two-thirds innings across four appearances allowing three earned runs on four hits, with a home run while walking two and K’ing three for a 10.12 ERA. Not the sort of spring that earns you a trip up north come April. I don’t see this has having a significant impact on the A’s. It is a little annoying to have a trade piece implode before the season even begins but we must remind ourselves again that he was merely a throw-in. Still, you want throw-ins to work out too right?

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