MLB roundup: Tigers put pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez on restricted list; he’s out indefinitely

DETROIT – The Tigers are going to be without left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriguez indefinitely, and not because of an injury.

The club announced before the game Monday they had placed Rodriguez on the restricted list. He will not be paid during his absence and he does not count against the 40-man roster.

“Eduardo Rodriguez has informed the club that due to personal matters, he will not rejoin the team at this time,” read a statement from General Manager Al Avila. “As a result, Eduardo has been placed on the restricted list until further notice.”

Manager AJ Hinch said he has talked to Rodriguez but could not speak much on the issue.

“The statement is what it is,” he said. “I look forward to him returning, whenever that is. We will continue to support him. ”

Asked if he saw this coming, Hinch said, “The restriction list part is the relationship with the player and the organization. I knew he was not going to make his start. I knew he was not going to pitch in the Major Leagues or the minor leagues at this time. So this was inevitable. ”

Rodriguez had been on the injured list with a ribcage sprain and had been out since May 19. He made a rehab start with Toledo last Thursday and was impressive, striking out nine in four innings. The expectation was that he’d start for the Tigers on Tuesday.

Something changed between that outing and Sunday.

If it was an injury situation, Rodriguez would just remain on the injured list and not forfeit any salary. That he and the club agreed to go on the restricted list indicates an issue either within his family or something else not baseball related.

Signed to a five-year, $ 77 million contract in November, Rodriguez has made just eight starts this season.

ORIOLES: CEO John Angelos said the team will remain in Baltimore – and that he and his parents have never contemplated otherwise.

Angelos’ comments – released by the team – came days after he was sued by his brother, Lou Angelos. Lou claimed in last week’s lawsuit that John has seized control of the Orioles at his expense, and in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.

“John intends to maintain absolute control over the Orioles – to manage, to sell or, if he chooses, to move to Tennessee (where he has a home and where his wife’s career is headquartered) – without having to answer to anyone,” the lawsuit said.

The suit did not elaborate on how likely it was that the team might actually move, and John Angelos sought to reassure fans in his statement Monday.

“As I have said before, as long as Fort McHenry is standing watch over the Inner Harbor, the Orioles will remain in Baltimore,” he said. “My mother was born and raised in northeast Baltimore, attended city public schools at Eastern High School and has worked with my father their entire lives to help the city, including by restoring the club to local ownership and preventing its relocation. For them, as for me, the Orioles will forever play at Oriole Park, and at no time ever have we contemplated anything different. ”

Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turns 93 next month.

Baltimore Orioles outfield prospect Kyle Stowers made his major league debut against the Blue Jays Monday night after being added to the roster as a substitute player for a four-game series in Toronto.

Stowers and right-hander Rico Garcia were put on the roster in place of outfielder Anthony Santander and left-hander Keegan Akin, who were placed on the restricted list before Baltimore’s first of three trips north of the border this season.

The Canadian government requires a person to have received a second vaccine dose – or one dose of Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days prior to entering the country.

Players who go on the restricted list because they are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are not paid and do not accrue major league service time, according to a March agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

Santander will lose $ 69,231 of his $ 3.15 million salary, and Akin loses $ 15,953 of his $ 709,500 salary.

YANKEES: Major League Baseball upheld Josh Donaldson’s one-game suspension, a penalty that was assessed after the New York Yankees third baseman made a remark to White Sox star Tim Anderson about Jackie Robinson that Chicago Manager Tony La Russa called racist.

MLB special adviser John McHale upheld the penalty after hearing Donaldson’s appeal on Thursday, a person familiar with the discipline told The Associated Press. The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because McHale’s decision was not announced.

Donaldson’s fine was cut in half by McHale to $ 5,000, the person said. Donaldson will serve the penalty during the Yankees’ series opener against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

NATIONALS: Right-hander Stephen Strasburg is headed back to the injured list after feeling discomfort following a bullpen session.

Strasbourg has made one start this season, his first since he had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last summer.

The 33-year-old right-hander had been scheduled to start Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves. Instead, Manager Dave Martinez announced before Monday night’s game that Strasburg would return to the IL with an unspecified injury.

RANGERS: Center fielder Eli White was put on the injured list with a right wrist fracture, and the team recalled Leody Taveras from Triple-A Round Rock.


PHILLIES 3, MARLINS 2: Rhys Hoskins raised his arms in celebration on his game-ending RBI double in the ninth inning that led Philadelphia over visiting Miami.

Hoskins’ two-out hit off Anthony Bass (1-3) scored Matt Vierling and capped a Phillies rally from a 2-1 hole in the seventh. Vierling hit a one-out single and stole second base to get into scoring position.

The Phillies have won 10 of 11 games to streak into NL wild-card contention.

WHITE SOX 9, TIGERS 5: Jose Abreu hit a pair of two-run homers and Luis Robert singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to help Chicago win at Detroit.

White Sox right-hander Lance Lynn made his season debut, coming back from surgery on his right knee, and gave up three runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Kody Clemens, the son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, went 2 for 2 with a walk and scored twice – his first two major league hits after starting his career 0 for 17.

CARDINALS 7, PIRATES 5: Paul Goldschmidt hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh inning and Dylan Carlson added a three-run blast to help St. Louis rally past visiting Pittsburgh.

Brendan Donovan added a two-run double for St. Louis, which rallied from a 5-0 deficit. St. Louis has won 6 of 7 against its NL Central rival this season.

Michael Chavis and Diego Castillo homered for the Pirates, who have lost a season-high seven straight games.

BLUE JAYS 11, ORIOLES 1: Alek Manoah pitched six shutout innings to extend his streak to 12, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered and had three RBI, and Toronto beat visiting Baltimore.

Santiago Espinal had two hits and drove in three runs as the Blue Jays pounded out a season-high 19 hits, including seven in a seven-run fifth inning.

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