Skip to main content

Eduardo Rodriguez making his way back to the Tigers

May 7, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA;  Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (57) pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez is ready to return to the Detroit Tigers and could be back in the big leagues by the third week in August, manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday.

Rodriguez has not pitched for the Tigers since sustaining a ribcage injury on May 18. He was set to return from a rehab assignment but was placed on the restricted list on June 13 after he dropped out of contact with the team as he dealt with an apparent marital issue.

He and Hinch began chatting earlier this month, and general manager Al Avila told reporters last Saturday that he also had talked with the pitcher.

“He expressed to me that he’s working hard, his personal situations are being taken care of, and at some point, he’ll be over that,” Avila said. “He’s looking forward to coming back, rejoining the team and helping us win.”

Rodriguez is not getting paid while on the restricted list. He is in the first year of a five-year, $77 million contract he signed last November.

Rodriguez, 29, has started eight games for the Tigers and is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA on the season. He’s given up 26 runs (19 earned) in 39 innings.

He joined the Tigers after six seasons with the Boston Red Sox, where he compiled a 64-39 record and a 4.16 ERA in 159 games (153 starts).

–Field Level Media