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Fernando Rodney | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (41) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1997 / UDFA / DET
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Fernando Rodney earned his 10th save of the season Monday night against the Tigers.
Rodney needed just 12 pitches in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, as he induced three consecutive outfield flyouts from Nicholas Castellanos, Victor Martinez, and John Hicks. The veteran closer has a strong 2.70 ERA in 18 appearances this year. May 21 - 11:08 PM

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Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth inning Sunday against the Brewers, earning his ninth save of the season.

Protecting a two-run lead, Rodney made quick work of Domingo Santana, Jonathan Villar and Tyler Saladino to finish the Brewers off. Rodney had a few blips in late April but has been lights out in May, rattling off eight scoreless appearances while securing six saves. The good stretch has reasserted his place in the back end of the Twins' bullpen, and has lowered his ERA to 2.87 in 17 appearances this year.
May 20 - 6:46 PM

Fernando Rodney nailed down save No. 8 with a perfect ninth inning Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Rodney had no issues protecting a three-run lead, inducing a flyout and a couple groundouts before shooting his arrow. His velocity was down again in this one for a third straight appearance, which is something to keep an eye on.
May 15 - 11:16 PM

Fernando Rodney picked up his sixth save of the season on Saturday by pitching a scoreless ninth against the Angels.

Rodney did allow a hit, but he was able to throw a scoreless inning for the sixth straight time while earning the save. Rodney will always offer moments of volatility -- to put it nicely -- but more often than not, he gets the job done. Expect to see more arrows shot from the veteran as the 2018 season progresses.
May 13 - 1:44 AM

Fernando Rodney pitched a clean ninth inning to pick up his fifth save of the season against the White Sox on Sunday.

Rodney didn't allow a runner, and he struck out one. Save opportunities have been few and far between as the Twins have struggled for most of the season, but he hasn't allowed a run in his last four outings, and the ERA is down to 3.86 to go along with 12 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.
May 6 - 6:14 PM

Fernando Rodney tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the White Sox for his fourth save of the season.

Rodney threw 14 pitches in the fame and notched a swinging strikeout. He’s now delivered four straight scoreless appearances since his last blown save. He could still lose his job at some point, but the talk should die down for now, especially since Addison Reed hasn’t exactly been lights out recently.
May 5 - 1:04 AM

Fernando Rodney was shaky but kept the Reds off the scoreboard in the ninth inning to earn a save on Saturday.

He walked two hitters to bring the potential go-ahead run to the batter's box but was able to escape the jam without allowing a hit or a run. The Twins are sticking with Rodney as their closer even though they have better options. He now has three saves (and three blown saves) and a 5.87 ERA in nine appearances.
Apr 28 - 6:04 PM

Fernando Rodney took a blown save and a loss after giving up a three-run homer to the Yankees' Gary Sanchez on Thursday.

The ninth started with a Miguel Sano error, which was immediately followed by a single and the walkoff blast. It makes three straight blown saves for Rodney. Of course, it probably hasn't helped that he's made a total of three appearances in two weeks. His ERA jumped from 4.05 to 6.75 today, but he was at 11.00 at this time last year and everything turned out fine. So, it's just a matter of whether the Twins want to remain as patient as the Diamondbacks did last year. Since they're 8-12 and they had much higher expectations, we wouldn't be surprised if they make the switch to Addison Reed. Still, they're probably better off just keeping Reed in a setup role and letting Rodney work his way out of it.
Apr 26 - 4:26 PM

Fernando Rodney was charged with a blown save Wednesday in the Twins’ win over the Astros, allowing two hits and two runs (one earned) in his lone inning of work.

Rodney coughed up a two-run lead in the ninth but was bailed out later in the frame when Max Kepler took Brad Peacock deep for a walk-off homer. For once, it wasn’t all Rodney’s fault. The right-hander obviously wasn’t sharp, but it looked like he had the save wrapped up until Brian Dozier committed a costly throwing error, allowing J.D. Davis to score the game-tying run with two outs. It’s always a roller-coaster ride with Rodney, who sports an ugly 1.93 WHIP through five outings. Rodney is still first in line for saves in Minnesota, but he probably has a short leash.
Apr 11 - 6:22 PM

Fernando Rodney worked a scoreless ninth inning for his first save Thursday in the Twins’ win over the Mariners.

Rodney began the outing by issuing a leadoff walk to Dee Gordon but preserved the lead by setting down the next three men in order. The 41-year-old is prone to bouts of wildness and could be on a short leash in Minnesota with setup man Addison Reed ready to step in at a moment’s notice. That makes Rodney a somewhat risky fantasy commodity, though he could be useful if the Twins play as well as they did last season.
Apr 5 - 8:18 PM

Fernando Rodney was handed the loss Thursday after giving up a walk-off solo homer to Adam Jones in the 11th inning.

Rodney entered the game with two on and one out in the bottom of the 10th. He gave up a bloop single to Manny Machado to load the bases, but escaped by getting Jonathan Schoop to ground into an inning-ending double play. He wasn’t so fortunate in the 11th, as Adam Jones led off the bottom of the frame with a game-winning blast. The 41-year-old Rodney is slated to serve as the Twins’ closer this season, but any a string of bad outings could change that in a hurry. Addison Reed, who tossed two scoreless innings on Thursday, is a ready-made replacement.
Mar 29 - 7:15 PM

Fernando Rodney gave up a run and two hits in an inning against the Yankees to take a loss Thursday.

Rodney has allowed three runs in six innings this spring, though it comes with a 6/1 K/BB ratio and a 1.17 WHIP. He'll enter the season with a somewhat secure hold on the closer's gig over Addison Reed.
Mar 22 - 7:12 PM

Fernando Rodney gave up a run in an inning Wednesday in his spring debut against the Rays.

The Twins could have held off on using the soon-to-be 41-year-old Rodney for another week or two, but Rodney likes getting his spring work in and typically does well. He had been unscored upon in three of the previous five exhibition seasons.
Feb 28 - 3:51 PM

Fernando Rodney is expected to make his Twins' debut on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The 41-year-old right-hander is scheduled to throw his second live session of batting practice on Sunday before progressing to a real spring training game. He'll open the season as the Twins' closer, though with Addison Reed breathing down his neck he'll need to perform well in the early going to keep that job.
Feb 24 - 1:36 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Friday that Fernando Rodney will open the season as the team's closer.

The Twins officially signed Addison Reed earlier this week after agreeing to terms with Rodney last month, but the ninth inning belongs to Rodney. Reed is the better bet in 2018 and got a bigger contract than Rodney, but the Twins are probably best off giving the latter a clean frame in the ninth rather than using him as a setup man when he'd often have to come in with runners on. Still, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise if the soon-to-be 41-year-old Rodney struggles and ultimately loses his closer job to Reed.
Jan 19 - 3:26 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Mitch Garver
3Bobby Wilson
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
2Gregorio Petit
SS1Jorge Polanco
2Eduardo Escobar
3Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
LF1Eddie Rosario
2Jake Cave
CF1Byron Buxton
RF1Max Kepler
2Ryan LaMarre
DH1Logan Morrison
2Robbie Grossman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Jose Berrios
3Lance Lynn
4Jake Odorizzi
5Kyle Gibson
6Fernando Romero
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Addison Reed
3Taylor Rogers
4Trevor Hildenberger
5Ryan Pressly
6Zach Duke
7Matt Magill
8Trevor May