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Phillies Sign K-Rod To A Minor League Detail Following His 2017 Struggles

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The Philadelphia Phillies are taking a chance on Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez.

After getting released by the Detroit Tigers on June 23 this past year- and again by the Washington Nationals on July 14 following a brief experiment in the minors- the Phillies have taken a chance on the veteran closer, signing Rodriguez to a Minor League deal which became official on Saturday.

Rodriguez posted a 7.82 ERA in 28 games for the Tigers in 2017, going 2-5 with six blown saves in 13 chances (was 126 for 138 the previous three seasons).

According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Rodriguez is guaranteed $2.5 million in 2018 if he makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster, with an additional $1.25 million in incentives.

Rodriguez, who turned 36 earlier this month, has pitched for five teams in 16 Major League seasons since his debut in 2002 for the Los Angeles Angels with whom he spent the first seven years of his career.

Having appeared in 946 career games- all in relief- Rodriguez currently leads all active pitchers in that category, in addition to his 437 saves (513 chances).

Overall, Rodriguez owns a career record of 52-53 to go along with a 2.86 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, .207 BAA, and 1,142 strikeouts in 976 innings (10.53 per nine).

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Mets’ Activate David Wright for Final Homestand

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright m who has not played in the majors since 2016 due to spinal stenosis along with neck and shoulder injuries, will be activated for the team’s final homestand of the season, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

“Physically, the way I feel right now, and from what the docs told me, there’s not going to be any improvement, So I don’t see [playing full time again] as a possibility” Wright said during the new conference, according to the New York Post.

It’s unclear if retirement will be the next step for Wright, but his time with the Mets as an everyday again is over.

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Dodgers Recall Julio Urias

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled left-hander Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City, marking his first stint in the majors since he underwent shoulder surgery last June.

Urias was one of the major’s 10 best prospects prior to his debut back in 2016, and when he arrived in May of 2016 he posted an impressive 3.39 ERA over 77 innings with 84 strikeouts against only 31 walks, making many believe he would be a building block for the Dodgers’.

His shoulder surgery put everything on hold and will now look to recapture the magic that he flashed in 2016.

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Cardinals Activate Adam Wainwright, Will Start Tonight

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The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have activated veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright from the 60-day disabled list and transferred right hander Michael Wacha from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL in order to make a roster spot for the returning Wainwright.

Wainwright, 37, will first appearance since May 13 when he takes the mound tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wacha is likely done for the season.

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