Phillies trade Joely Rodriguez to Texas

Phillies trade Joely Rodriguez to Texas

BOSTON — Joely Rodriguez, who posted a 6.33 ERA in 26 games with the Phillies this season, found a new home Tuesday. The Texas Rangers acquired him in a trade for a player to be named later or cash.

The Rangers were not the only team interested in Rodriguez; he is lefthanded, 25 years old, and can throw 95 mph. He could be optioned to the minors, which is what Texas did in sending him to triple-A Round Rock.

Rodriguez was designated for assignment last week. He had a 7.90 ERA in his final 13 outings and allowed 10 of his 12 inherited runners to score over that stretch. Last September, Rodriguez emerged as a potential lefty option in the bullpen. But, this season, the Phillies used him more as a long man and his command suffered.

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The Phillies acquired Rodriguez in December 2014 when they traded Antonio Bastardo to Pittsburgh. With Rodriguez’s departure, the Phillies have just one lefthanded pitcher on the 40-man roster: Adam Morgan.

Extra bases
Vince Velasquez (strained right elbow) made 10 throws from 75 feet Tuesday. “He’s progressing,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. Don’t expect Velasquez back before the all-star break. … Howie Kendrick was the first Phillies player to steal three bases in a game since Ben Revere in 2013. Kendrick, who missed six weeks with an abdominal injury, leads the team in stolen bases with seven. … The Phillies and Red Sox switch venues on Wednesday, with Jeremy Hellickson against lefty Brian Johnson at Citizens Bank Park.

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Published at Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:44:57 +0000

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