Francisco Rodriguez Fantasy Baseball News, Notes, Rumors and Statistics
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Sun, 09 Jun 2013 11:03:58 -0700
Confirming a previous report, the Milwaukee Brewers have activated RP Jim Henderson (hamstring) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, P Tyler Thornburg has been optioned to Triple-A Nashville.
Fantasy Tip: Henderson will not return immediately to the closer's role, so Francisco Rodriguez remains Milwaukee's go-to guy at the end of the game. Manager Ron Roenicke wants to be cautious with Henderson and said it makes sense to use him "somewhere other than the ninth inning."
Sat, 25 May 2013 17:45:23 -0700
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he does not expect to name one reliever to close while RP Jim Henderson (hamstring) is out and will use several closers depending on the matchup. Roenicke said he likes how the team is using RP John Axford and is not sure if he will use Axford to close games.
Fantasy Tip: It does not really help fantasy owners that the team has not named a replacement closer at this point. Francisco Rodriguez could be the top option for owners looking for possible saves if Roenicke is serious about not wanting to move Axford out of his current role.
Sat, 25 May 2013 13:41:01 -0700
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said RP Jim Henderson (hamstring) could be out "a while" because of a pulled hamstring suffered while pitching against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, May 24. He was spotted limping Saturday, May 25, and was scheduled to see a doctor.
Fantasy Tip: If Henderson's injury is serious enough to warrant a stint on the disabled list, the Brewers are likely to resort to a closer-by-committee setup for the ninth inning. RPs Francisco Rodriguez and John Axford have prior closing experience and would appear to be the best bets to pick up saves in Henderson's absence.
Fri, 24 May 2013 20:25:33 -0700
Milwaukee Brewers RP Jim Henderson (leg) left his appearance Friday, May 24, against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning due to an apparent right leg injury. RP Francisco Rodriguez came on to finish up, collecting his first save.
Fantasy Tip: It is uncertain how much time, if any, Henderson will be forced to miss. Rodriguez and deposed closer John Axford are likely to see time in the closer's role if Henderson ends up requiring a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
Thu, 16 May 2013 12:19:43 -0700
Milwaukee Brewers RP John Axford allowed a run in the eighth inning Tuesday, May 14, to blow a lead, and he left the game with an 0-3 record and a 9.20 ERA on the year. He also has three blown saves. "I definitely am frustrated," Axford said. "I can't lie about that, but I feel strong, I feel good and that's where I've got to keep building off of. The first four games of this season, that wasn't me, and that's something I can get a wash too and brush that away. I felt different; my mechanics weren't quite right." Axford insists that his mechanics are where they need to be and his velocity is better.
Fantasy Tip: Axford hasn't helped his cause to eventually win back the closing duties from Jim Henderson, and now Francisco Rodriguez is in the picture. If Axford continues to pitch poorly, K-Rod could easily surpass him in the late-inning bullpen heirarchy. If you still own Axford in an NL-only league, it might be best to let him ride the bench for now.
Wed, 15 May 2013 20:34:05 -0700
The Milwaukee Brewers optioned C Blake Lalli to Triple-A Nashville Wednesday, May 15, and transferred 3B Taylor Green (hip) from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list to make room for RP Francisco Rodriguez.
Wed, 15 May 2013 12:39:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: K-Rod has extensive closing experience, but don't expect Ron Roenicke to immediately let him handle late-inning situations for Milwaukee. Jim Henderson as taken advantage of his opportunity to pitch in the ninth, and he hasn't allowed a run in his last four outings. Tuck Rodriguez away in extremely deep mixed leagues and NL-only formats if you're speculating for saves down the road.
Thu, 02 May 2013 15:24:37 -0700
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.
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 15:21:29 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Stash K-Rod in NL-only leagues if you're looking for saves options. He has plenty of work to do to prove to the Brewers that he belongs in the big leagues again and pitching meaningful innings out of the bullpen. However, with Axford struggling and Ron Roenicke scratching his head, Rodriguez could become an option in the ninth inning if the current options continue to frustrate.
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:56:13 -0700
Fantasy Tip: With the Brew Crew's bullpen in a state of chaos and flux, Rodriguez is an intriguing piece for fantasy owners chasing saves at this early juncture. He's certainly worth a look in NL-only leagues, but you might have to sit on him for a while until he can work his way back to the majors. Also, it'll take Jim Henderson faultering in the closer role for Ron Roenicke to shake things up again.
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