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Francisco Rodriguez | Relief Pitcher | #57

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/7/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / UDFA / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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Francisco Rodriguez gave up a pair of homers to minor leaguers in the ninth to take a blown save and a loss Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Rodriguez has gotten lit up in both of his official spring appearances and he suffered some groin tightness while pitching in the WBC, but we're not overly worried at this point. He's not an elite closer these days, but he should do well enough for Detroit. Mar 26 - 4:11 PM

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Francisco Rodriguez will pitch in a minor league game on Thursday.

It will be his first appearance since his stint in the World Baseball Classic. Rodriguez experienced some groin discomfort while pitching for Venezuela, but it's not a major concern. The veteran closer should be ready to go for Opening Day.
Mar 22 - 9:03 AM

Francisco Rodriguez (groin) will remain with Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

K-Rod experienced some discomfort in his groin Saturday during an appearance against Team Italy, but it was apparently just a cramp. The veteran right-hander is planning to stick with Venezuela for however long they last in the tournament.
Mar 13 - 11:58 AM

Francisco Rodriguez is only dealing with a cramp in his groin.

K-Rod looked to be in a lot of pain when he had to leave Saturday's World Baseball Classic game, but he said he simply suffered a cramp in his groin as a result of a tight tape job on his hamstring. It's unclear when or if he'll be cleared to pitch for Venezuela, but this should be a day-to-day thing.
Mar 12 - 11:11 AM

Francisco Rodriguez pulled his groin Saturday in Venezuela's WBC win over Italy.

Rodriguez suffered the injury during the ninth inning but stayed in the game and eventually picked up the win. It's possible he was just dealing with a cramp. We'll see if this affects his availability for Sunday's Pool D finale against Mexico.
Mar 11 - 8:29 PM

Francisco Rodriguez (hamstring) was scratched prior to Wednesday's Grapefruit League contest.

Rodriguez was feeling tightness in his hamstring on Wednesday, hence why he is being held out of action. He is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, now, instead. It doesn't sound like this is a major injury concern. Following Saturday's appearance, he will then join Team Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic.
Mar 1 - 4:45 PM

Francisco Rodriguez reported to Tigers camp Thursday morning.

K-Rod was a couple days late due to a visa issue. No big deal. The veteran right-hander will open the 2017 season as the Tigers' closer unless something goes horribly wrong over the next handful of weeks.
Feb 16 - 8:18 AM

Francisco Rodriguez will be late in reporting to Tigers camp due to a visa issue.

It will mark the fourth year in a row that K-Rod gets a late start to spring training because of a visa problem. The good news is his absence shouldn't last too long, and the veteran reliever won't need a ton of reps to get up to speed.
Feb 13 - 5:41 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that Francisco Rodriguez is "available for the right price."

The Tigers want to contend in 2017 but also want to slash payroll, and K-Rod is one of the pieces they'll consider moving. The veteran closer is coming off a fine season that saw him put up a 3.24 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings while recording 34 saves. He'll make $6 million in 2017.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:07:00 AM

Tigers exercised their $6 million club option on Francisco Rodriguez for 2017.

K-Rod's deal included a $2 million buyout, so it was a relatively easy call to pick up the option. They could always keep him as their closer for another season, but there has been talk about a rebuild in Detroit. Picking up the option doesn't necessarily rule out a potential trade later on. The 34-year-old went 34-for-39 in save chances this season while posting a 3.24 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 06:59:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez imploded in the ninth inning on Saturday, surrendering five runs on four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning in a heart-breaking loss to the Royals.

K-Rod had a two-run lead and the Royals down to their final strike until all hell broke loose. Paulo Orlando delivered a two-run double to tie the game at 4-4 and then Eric Hosmer dealt the finishing blow with a towering three-run homer to right field. Rodriguez has been excellent at the back end of the Tigers bullpen this season, but this one is especially painful given their tenuous hold on the final wild card spot in the American League.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the Tigers' 4-2 win over the Twins on Thursday, earning his 44th save in the process.

Rodriguez trotted out for the ninth inning with the Tigers holding a 4-2 lead. He would keep it that way, striking out one while throwing 10 of his 11 pitches for strikes. The veteran closer is 44-of-48 in save opportunities this season and has pitched to a 2.54 ERA and 48/20 K/BB ratio across 56 2/3 innings.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:34:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a clean ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and earn an easy save versus the Twins on Wednesday.

It was his 42nd save of the season and 428th of his career. He struggled badly in the first few weeks of the season but has rebounded very nicely. He rocks a 2.65 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. His strikeout rate is down this year but he knows how to get the job done day in and day out.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 12:48:00 AM

Francisco Rodriguez pitched around a pair of walks Monday versus the Twins to notch his 41st save of the season.

On to protect a two-run advantage, K-Rod walked Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier with two outs to bring the winning run to the plate. However, he got Robbie Grossman to ground out to end it. K-Rod has given up just one run over his last 11 appearances.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 11:37:00 PM

Francisco Rodriguez allowed a run but hung on to record his 39th save of the season in Monday's win over the White Sox.

He made Tigers fans sweat a bit as he tried to protect a three-run lead, yielding a two-out RBI single to Avisail Garcia to bring the tying run to the plate. However, K-Rod was able to get Tyler Saladino looking to end it. He's obviously a completely different pitcher than he used to be, but K-Rod is still effective.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 08:28:00 PM

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C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
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S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Matt Boyd
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Alex Wilson
6Kyle Ryan
7Daniel Stumpf
8Anibal Sanchez