DTDFrancisco Rodriguez
RP DET
14 hours ago

Rodriguez (hamstring) will throw in a minor league game Thursday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Expected to be available for Wednesday's Grapefruit League outing, Rodriguez will instead be pushed back by one day. This probably isn't indicative of a setback, as the Tigers are also taking a more cautious approach than previously planned with a few of their other injured players.

DTDFrancisco Rodriguez
RP DET
17 hours ago

Rodriguez (hamstring) will be available for Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez has made only one Grapefruit League appearance to date after spending the past few weeks with Team Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic. He picked up the hamstring injury during an outing for Venezuela back on March 11, but it was never considered a major concern. With the veteran reliever now back with the Tigers, it sounds like he'll be in line for at least a couple more appearances this spring as he prepares to open 2017 as the team's closer.

DTDFrancisco Rodriguez
RP DET
1 week ago

Rodriguez (groin) will remain with Team Venezuela until they are eliminated from the WBC, Anthony Feneche of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although it appeared Rodriguez injured his groin during Venezuela's game against Team Italy, the injury apparently wasn't anything serious and turned out to just be a cramp. It makes sense, seeing as the Tigers probably wouldn't let him continue if it was anything more than a cramp, so barring anymore setbacks, K-Rod should be ready-to-go for Opening Day once he returns from the WBC.

DTDFrancisco Rodriguez
RP DET
2 weeks ago

Rodriguez said that he was only suffering from a cramp when he limped off the field during his appearance Saturday for the Venezuelan team in the World Baseball Classic, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was able to talk to Rodriguez on the phone after word of a possible injury surfaced, but the closer assured the skipper that he was fine and was only hobbling because a wrap on his leg was applied too tightly. The Tigers will wait to hear back from the Venezuelan trainers before determining if Rodriguez will need to be summoned back to spring training for further examination, but Ausmus seems optimistic that won't be necessary.

DTDFrancisco Rodriguez
RP DET
2 weeks ago

Rodriguez appeared to injure himself against Italy on Saturday, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez was examined by trainers after injuring himself during the same play catcher Salvador Perez went down. It would be a tough blow for the Tigers if K-Rod had to miss extended time, leaving a hole in the backend of the bullpen. He didn't come back out to pitch the last inning, but he also wasn't seen limping to the locker room like Perez. The 35-year-old should be considered day-to-day until more information is made available about his status.

DTDFrancisco Rodriguez
RP DET
3 weeks ago

Rodriguez gave up three runs on one hit while walking two and striking out one in 0.2 innings during his spring debut against the Yankees on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

K-Rod was limited to just 23 pitches in his first, and only, game back before he heads to participate in the World Baseball Classic. The 35-year-old retired the first two batters before being pulled after loading the bases, which were subsequently cleared before Jairo Labourt could record the last out. He'll head to the WBC to compete for Team Venezuela now, and will assume his role as the Tigers' closer upon his return.

DTDFrancisco Rodriguez
RP DET
3 weeks ago

Rodriguez was scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Nationals with hamstring discomfort, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Tigers intentionally delayed Rodriguez's first spring appearance in an attempt to limit overuse leading up to the regular season, but the 35-year-old incurred an unexpected setback in the hours leading up to the game. Rather than risk Rodriguez more seriously aggravating the injury, manager Brad Ausmus decided to hold out his projected closer as a safeguard. It's expected that Rodriguez will only need a couple days off to get over the injury, and he's tentatively slated to make a spring training appearance Saturday before suiting up for the Venezuelan team in the World Baseball Classic, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.

DTDFrancisco Rodriguez
RP DET
1 month ago

Rodriguez intends on signing a new contract after his current deal ends at the end of the season, The Detroit News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez, who turned 35 last month, is the active saves leader with 430, and he led Detroit with 44 last season. He's still pitching well, and it appears he wants to continue beyond this season, whether with the Tigers or another team.

DTDFrancisco Rodriguez
RP DET
1 month ago

Rodriguez reported to spring training on Thursday after being delayed by visa issues, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rodriguez had a minor hiccup getting out of Venezuela and into Florida, but he's ready to roll now. He should resume his role as the Tigers' primary closer after he compiled 44 saves for Detroit last season.

DTDFrancisco Rodriguez
RP DET
1 month ago

Rodriguez is not present at spring training yet due to visa issues, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This issue seems to be fairly minor, as the Tigers have also reported that K-Rod is already en route to Florida. Either way, this hiccup should not impact Rodriguez's standing as the primary closer in the Tigers bullpen after he compiled 44 saves for Detroit last season.