There are plenty of players on the disabled list in the minor leagues right now. Today we’ve got some updates on a few of them that have been missing in action.
Let’s start off with the big one: Alfredo Rodriguez. The Cuban shortstop that signed with the Cincinnati Reds for $7M (not including the penalties for going over their budget) a month ago began his professional career with the Dominican Summer League Reds. After not playing for nearly a year-and-a-half he got things started on July 12th and played in 10 games. In that 10th game he was hit by a pitch and removed from the game. This happened while I was traveling in Florida to see the Blue Wahoos and Tortugas, and I figured if he hadn’t returned to the lineup by the time I got back that I would look into it. Well, it’s now August 2nd and he hasn’t shown back up yet.
The shortstop was hit in the elbow by a pitch, and while nothing was broken there was soreness in there and the team is just taking things slow with bringing him back given that he’s been out for such a long period of time and they don’t want him to alter his mechanics to compensate for any soreness.
Yorman Rodriguez injured his hamstring late in spring training this year. He’s battled through a few different injuries this season while trying to rehab. He was healthy enough to be sent out on an injury rehab assignment on July 8th when he joined the Daytona Tortugas. He hit .571 in four games, but in that fourth game he left early after trying to stretch a single into a double. That was on July 13th and he hasn’t played since. While in Daytona from the 26th through the 29th Rodriguez was with the team each day taking batting practice. He looked good in the cage and was hitting lasers, including a few absolutely moonshot home runs over the couple of days. On one day the team did some “base running” after a turn in the cage. Rodriguez participated in the drill, but seemed to be taking it easy on the bases (they all take it easy – no one is truly running – but he was taking it a little easier than the others). He’s certainly healthy enough to take batting practice, but he may not yet be healthy enough to get out in the field and run around.
Tyler Stephenson has been on-and-off of the disabled list for most of the 2016 season. He suffered a concussion that cost him a few weeks in April and May. After returning he played a handful of games before injuring his wrist and hitting the disabled list for the next six weeks. Upon returning he played in seven games and then returned to the disabled list with an injury to that same wrist. Last night in Dayton he was healthy enough to warm up the pitchers between innings when needed. It’s been a bit of a lost season, so to speak, for Stephenson this year with all of the issues that have kept him off of the field.