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Brewers | Francisco Rodriguez to start pitching in minors

Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez has obtained a work visa and will start pitching in the minor leagues next week with High Single-A Brevard County, and he'll make three outings with them. He'll then be moved to Triple-A Nashville and make three more appearances there. If Rodriguez is promoted, he'll make $2 million. The team's 30-day window to recall Rodriguez will end May 16. "If we don't call him up, he has the option of staying down there and continuing to pitch or leave and look for a job elsewhere," said assistant general manager Gord Ash. "It has to make sense on both ends for us to bring him here."

Fantasy Tip: The timing of this news on Rodriguez is interesting. The Brewers' bullpen has been pretty awful this year, aside from Jim Henderson's performance in the closer's role since John Axford was demoted. Axford continues to struggle, and Ron Roenicke doesn't have a clear setup man. Henderson doesn't have a stranglehold on the ninth inning, either, so Rodriguez could easily enter this mix if he performs well. Speculative closer seekers need to take notice.

2013-05-02 15:24:37 | Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Haudricourt

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