Why the Detroit Tigers called for Nivaldo Rodriguez on waivers
As the 2021 season draws to a close, the Detroit Tigers believe they’ll need as many shots as possible.
They began storing for the past two months by adding right-hander Nivaldo Rodriguez to the Houston Astros waiver Monday. He was nominated for assignment by the Astros on Saturday.
The Tigers had two of their 40-man spots open and filled one by picking up Rodriguez, who reported to Triple-A Toledo.
“When the opportunity presents itself to add young talent, we will,” said manager AJ Hinch, who led the Astros from 2015 to 2019 on Tuesday. “I don’t know him very well. familiar by the end of my time there. It had just been put on the list. “
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Rodriguez, 24, has a 2.45 ERA, four walks and three strikeouts in 7 innings in four relief appearances this season. He posted a 6.23 ERA, six walks and eight strikeouts in 8 ⅔ innings in 2020, which did not feature the minor leagues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He’s a four-length mix guy who has probably suffered the most from the COVID year,” Hinch said. “He was competed in the big leagues, presumably prematurely due to need, and with no minor league season to play, he was thrown into the deep end of the pool.”
For Triple-A Sugar Land this season, Rodriguez had a 6.26 ERA, 16 walks and 25 strikeouts in 27 innings in 10 games (six starts). He recorded a 2.40 ERA, 35 walks and 114 strikeouts in 105 innings in 2019 between Low-A Quad Cities and High-A Fayetteville.
Rodriguez started 35 of the 68 games of his minor league career.
“It’s a young arm that’s not developed at all,” Hinch said. “We will take this opportunity to fill out our list and try to make it better.”
The Tigers have new developments with three injured players: second baseman Isaac Paredes (sprained right hip, injured list July 22), outfielder Daz Cameron (sprained right toe, IL on July 7) and left-handed pitcher Matthew Boyd (left arm discomfort, IL June 15).
Paredes left Sunday’s game at Triple-A Toledo – as part of his rehab assignment – and was transferred to Lakeland, Fla. Paredes needed six seconds to run from home to first base, so the Tigers knew something was wrong.
“It closed,” Hinch said. “He had a little setback in his last game and he’s heading to Lakeland. He will be taken off his rehab mission for five days and re-evaluated.… It wasn’t a re-aggravation or anything like that. just still symptomatic, so we moved her rehab to Lakeland. ”
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Hinch also provided the latest news on Cameron and Boyd.
“Daz is part of the Triple-A team. He will be racing and progressing in Nashville,” said Hinch. “Ideally he will get into a game this weekend. If we have to keep going a little longer they have the day off Monday and it might be the next series. But we are happy with his situation. .
“Matt Boyd is going to host a live batting practice this weekend, most likely Sunday. He threw a reliever box yesterday and was feeling really good. The data was really good. I’ll have another box and then a BP session. live this weekend. “
Right-hander Julio Tehran recently threw the mound in Lakeland. He could return in September but has been absent since April 10, retroactive to April 7, with a right shoulder injury.
Evan Petzold is a sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Learn more about the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.