Rodriguez Recalled from Columbus, Edwards Sent Down
Bob Toth | On 07, May 2019
As anticipated, the Cleveland Indians recalled pitcher Jefry Rodriguez from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday ahead of his third start of the year. He will face the Chicago White Sox in the 6:10 PM ET start from Progressive Field.
To make room for Rodriguez on the 25-man roster, reliever Jon Edwards was optioned to Triple-A.
Rodriguez has looked good in two appearances for the Indians this season. With a mid-90s fastball, a sinker, a curve, and a changeup, the 25-year-old right-hander has been able to minimize the walks that plagued him during his rookie season a year ago with Washington. He allowed two runs in his season debut on April 13 against Kansas City, giving up five hits with no walks and three strikeouts in five and two-thirds innings. He returned on April 24 for a spot start against Miami and he lasted seven innings, giving up a run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a no-decision. The key to his last start was getting Marlin hitters to pummel the ball into the ground, as 15 of the 26 batters that he faced put the ball into the earth.
Rodriguez has had mixed results for Columbus in his three starts there, which have alternated around his Cleveland appearances. He allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and four strikeouts in his debut on April 6 against Indianapolis. After his first start replacing Mike Clevinger in the Cleveland rotation, he allowed five runs on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings in his worst start of the year on April 19 in Toledo. In his last start to close out April, he allowed just a run on two hits in six innings in a no-decision against Indianapolis, striking out five but walking four.
The right-hander has been far more efficient against right-handers, holding them to a .169/.236/.200 slash in 72 plate appearances with 14 strikeouts and six walks. Left-handed hitters have posted a .231/.302/.436 slash with four of the six extra base hits that he has allowed between Cleveland and Columbus (including both home runs). He has struck out six and walked four of the 43 left-handers that he has faced.
The 31-year-old Edwards heads back to Columbus for his third stint with the Clippers this season. The fourth-year MLBer made six appearances with the Indians after opening the year in their bullpen, allowing a run on four hits with five walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work (1.80 ERA, 1.80 WHIP). Edwards was optioned out on April 13 to work on the command and he made two appearances with Columbus, allowing a run on one hit with two strikeouts over two innings of work, before a one-day recall to assist during a doubleheader on April 20. Back at Columbus for the second time after serving as the 26th man for the Indians, he worked four and one-third scoreless innings with five strikeouts, two walks, and no hits over the next week and a half before he was recalled again by the Indians on May 3. He spent four days with the Indians, allowing a run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts in two and one-thirds innings of work.
On the year, Edwards is 2-0 with Cleveland in eight games with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP and 2-0 with Columbus in five games with a 1.42 ERA and a 0.47 WHIP. Problems in Cleveland with the free pass (reflected in an unsightly 7.4 walk per nine inning rate) have prevented him from becoming a mainstay in Terry Francona’s bullpen.
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