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Franklin Grad Fernando Rodriguez Rejoins Astros

Franklin Grad Fernando Rodriguez Rejoins Astros
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:05pm

When reliever Fernando Rodriguez was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City late last month despite pitching well, the Astros promised he would be called up when his mandated 10 days in the Minor Leagues were over.

The Astros kept to their word, with Rodriguez rejoining the team Tuesday. To make room for him on the roster, left-hander Fernando Abad was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.

"They said, 'In 10 days, we're going to have you back and just don't get hurt,'" Rodriguez said. "I'm glad it was only 10 days."

Rodriguez appeared in 13 games with the Astros from May 28-June 24 and posted a 2.87 ERA in 15 2/3 innings. He struck out 22 batters and walked only five, averaging 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings. He held opposing batters to a .228 average.

Rodriguez got caught in a numbers game and was optioned back to Triple-A on June 24, when the Astros decided they needed to temporarily carry three catchers because of nagging injuries to J.R. Towles. He had to spend 10 days in the Minor Leagues before being recalled.

In 16 appearances this year at Oklahoma City, he was 2-3 with a 1.50 ERA and has struck out 33 batters in 24 innings. Rodriguez, 26, was signed to a Minor League contract in November after spending all of last season at Triple-A Salt Lake of the Angels system.

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