‘Irritated’ K-Rod stands by comments
Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez did not back down Wednesday from comments indicating that he is dissatisfied with his role as the club’s setup man.
Rodriguez says he was promised by Milwaukee officials that he would share closing duties with incumbent Brewers closer John Axford. But Axford is 19-for-19 in save opportunities since the Brewers acquired Rodriguez from the Mets on the night of the All-Star Game, and as of Wednesday afternoon, Rodriguez was still waiting his turn.
He expressed displeasure about that fact to CBS Sportsline’s Scott Miller on Tuesday. Rodriguez reiterated his displeasure on Wednesday.
“There’s been plenty of save opportunities,” he said. “And I’ve only pitched once in the ninth inning, and it was not even a save opportunity. I’m not happy. It’s simple.That’s the bottom line. They told me one thing, they haven’t done it, and that’s pretty much what I said. I stand by what I said.
“I’m not lying, I’m not creating something out of nowhere. I’m just stating the facts. That’s something I should not be discussing with any of you guys. That’s something I should be discussing with the manager in his office.”
Rodriguez had not done that. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, whose relationship with Rodriguez dates back to 2002 with the Angels, said a chat was in order.
Rodriguez made clear that his top priority is helping the Brewers win the National League Central, and Roenicke said he’s confident the issue will not grow into a distraction. Still, it’s an issue.
“Don’t tell me something if you’re not going to do it,” Rodriguez said. “That’s what irritates me most. They told me they were going to do something, and they didn’t. Simple as that. I’m trying to pretty much come in every day ready to pitch and get my job done where they need me. At the same time, I had an expectation, like every other player. They told me they were going to do something and never did it. That’s why I can be a little disappointed by the situation.
“But, the season is over in two weeks, and we need to win eight more games. So, I’ll go as hard as I can these next two series coming up, and try to wrap them up. That’s the most important thing.”
Rodriguez will be a free agent at season’s end if the Brewers decline his $17.5 million option for 2012. The club would owe Rodriguez a $4 million buyout.
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