Yorman Rodriguez has missed a decent chunk of the season after suffering a hamstring injury late in spring training on the back fields while trying to get in some extra work. He initially began his rehab in late April, but was sidelined with other leg injuries twice while out in Arizona that set him back.
The Cincinnati Reds outfielder is out of options this season, and he will have to stick on the big league roster once he is activated at the end of his rehab stint. He will have up to 30 days to complete his minor league rehab assignment, which began on July 8th.
The organization sent the 23-year-old to Daytona to get things going. The first night he was leading off as the designated hitter and went 1-2. The next night saw him leading off again, as well as remaining the designated hitter. He went 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout on the night before being replaced.
Rodriguez didn’t play on the 10th, but returned to the lineup last night. He was leading off, but this time he saw action in left field. He led off the 1st inning with an infield single – a good sign given that he’s dealt with several leg injuries this season. The next time he came to the plate he singled on a grounder to center. He was replaced two innings later.
He’s 3-6 with a walk and a strikeout for the Tortugas thus far. Here’s the breakdown of his plate appearances:
- Line drive single to right field.
- Fly out to right fielder.
- Ground out to second baseman.
- Walk on 8 pitches.
- Strikeout on 4 pitches.
- Ground ball single to second base.
- Ground ball single to center field.
Not a single ball was pulled. That sounds a lot like Yorman Rodriguez, who historically goes the other way more often than he pulls the ball.
I would expect the Reds to use all of the time they’re allowed to on the rehab process with Rodriguez. It delays their decision on who to remove from both the 25-man roster and the 40-man roster (which may or may not be the same player). I’d also expect to see Rodriguez move up a level or two as he continues his rehab in order to face better pitching as things move forward (though probably not as early as today).