Paco Rodriguez. Name ring any bells? Was a left-handed relief monster for the first five months of 2013? Had a 1.91 ERA and a .140 opponent batting average?
He was only 22 years old, his future bright as a supernova.
But then came a disastrous September (5.68 ERA, .308 opponent batting average), his young arm overworked. He made the team again last spring, but after a rough start was quickly sent back down. When he was called back up in August, he appeared in one game before suffering the same shoulder injury that had sidelined
So this spring starts and there is very little Paco Rodriguez buzz, which is something he apparently would like to rectify.
Rodriguez appeared in one inning Tuesday during the
Rodriguez struck out the only three batters he faced. And on the minimum nine pitches. Somebody wants back in the bullpen conversation. The Dodgers’ bullpen is something of a crazy mess right now, but no doubt they would like to add a second left-hander to complement
Kershaw started the game and went three innings, allowing a solo home run to
The Dodgers also got two strong innings from Joe Wieland, the young right-hander acquired from the
It was the Dodgers' third tie in their last four spring games.