With visa in hand, K-Rod ready to report

Reliever Francisco Rodriguez has secured his work visa and is expected to report to a Brewers Minor League affiliate next week to begin his comeback in earnest.

The Brewers brought back Rodriguez on a Minor League contract April 17 that gave the team 30 days to evaluate the 31-year-old right-hander and determine whether he was a fit for their Major League bullpen. He had been pitching in extended Spring Training while awaiting his visa, and, with that hurdle cleared, will report next week to advanced Class A Brevard County, according to assistant general manager Gord Ash.

After 3-5 days there, Rodriguez could earn a promotion to Triple-A Nashville. By mid-May, the Brewers will have to decide whether to add Rodriguez to the Major League roster or offer him his release.

Ash stressed that it must be a good fit for both sides.

“He could be pitching extraordinarily well and if we don’t need him, we don’t need him,” Ash said. “And on the other hand, if we’re pitching poorly and he’s pitching poorly, then that doesn’t make sense either. Once you add him, it’s guaranteed. It’s not like you can change your mind a week later and save the money.”

Rodriguez would earn a prorated portion of a base salary in the low $2 million range.

Rodriguez spent the last two years with the Brewers after collecting at least 20 saves in seven straight seasons with the Angels and Mets. He struck out 72 batters in 72 innings last year with a 4.38 ERA, but faltered when offered an opportunity to close games in mid-July. The Brewers let Rodriguez depart via free agency after the season.


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Testing did not begin until 2003. It was agreed upon that no one who teestd positive in the first year of tests would be punished. MLB did not enact punishment for steroid use until 2005. So unless they can prove A-Rod used steroids in 2005-present, he can’t be punished.I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just telling you why he wasn’t punished.

Yeah, that’s the ticket, sir or ma’am

All of my questions settled-thanks!

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