Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:06:10 -0800
Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) will be shut down indefinitely and will visit with a specialist in the next few days, according president of baseball operations John Hart. The team is taking a proactive approach, and they're hoping it's not a season-ending injury. Hart also said Minor might have another MRI exam on his shoulder. SPs Eric Stults, Wandy Rodriguez, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos are competing for the fifth rotation spot, but if Minor isn't ready to start the season, the Braves could go with two of those pitchers in the rotation.
Fantasy Tip: The Braves are definitely hoping this injury is minor. But after Minor's frustrating 2014 season in which he dealt with plenty of shoulder woes, this can't be a good sign early in spring. Minor was considered a sleeper candidate before this news after being just a year removed from a 13-9 season in which he posted an ERA of 3.21 and a K/9 of 8.0 in 32 starts. Minor might still be worth a late-round stab in mixed leagues, but definitely keep an eye on the results of his shoulder tests.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:35:15 -0800
Atlanta Braves SP Wandy Rodriguez has impressed so far in his spring workouts, and he is a leading candidate for the No. 5 starting rotation spot. Rodriguez is competing with SPs Eric Stults, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos for the spot. The Braves could consider putting Foltynewicz or Banuelos in the bullpen if they don't win the job. Rodriguez has made only 18 starts the last two years due to injuries, and he was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in six starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Rodriguez is healthy and throwing the ball with little effort.
Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez would only be an option as a late-round pick in deep mixed leagues if he wins that final rotation spot. There's a lot of spring competition left, so we likely won't know for a while. Stay tuned.
Thu, 05 Feb 2015 10:58:54 -0800
Atlanta Braves SPs Wandy Rodriguez, Eric Stults, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos will likely be the candidates for the fifth starting position, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. RP James Russell will move back to the bullpen.
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:20:22 -0800
Atlanta Braves SP Eric Stults will compete for the team's No. 5 starting rotation spot, and he could be battling SPs Mike Foltynewicz, Wandy Rodriguez and Chien-Ming Wang in spring training.
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:23:12 -0800
Free-agent SP Wandy Rodriguez (Phillies) signed a minor league deal with an invite to spring training with the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, Jan. 13. He will compete for the fifth starting rotation spot.
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:06:42 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Wandy Rodriguez (knee) failed his physical two weeks after agreeing with the Phillies and is now close to signing with the Atlanta Braves, according to reports from the Dominican Republic.
Sun, 28 Dec 2014 06:29:45 -0800
Free-agent SP Wandy Rodriguez (Pirates) agreed to a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday, Dec. 28.
Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:08:03 -0800
Free-agent SP Wandy Rodriguez (Pirates) will reportedly travel to Philadelphia for a physical, according to Philadelphia Phillies Spanish play-by-play broadcaster Angel Ibo Castillo. If all goes well, he is expected to sign a contract and compete for a spot in the starting rotation during spring training.
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:29:39 -0800
Free-agent SP Wandy Rodriguez (knee) has recovered from knee surgery and will pitch in winter ball this offseason.
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:19:01 -0700
Free-agent SP Wandy Rodriguez (knee) underwent season-ending surgery on his knee. The Pittsburgh Pirates, his last team, insisted he was healthy when they cut him.