Right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez will make his debut for the Cleveland Indians Saturday. According to The Athletic’s Zack Meisel, Rodriguez doesn’t sound like the permanent replacement for Clevinger quite yet, as the team will reassess their options.
Jefry Rodriguez will start for the Indians on Saturday in place of Mike Clevinger. After that, the team will reassess its options, since an off-day next week gives them some flexibility.— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) April 11, 2019
Rodriguez, 25, came over in the offseason as part of a deal that sent Yan Gomes to the nation’s capital. Rodriguez’s repertoire includes a sinker, change-up, curveball, and four-seamer that can reach 96 mph on occasion.
Last season in a limited role with the Nationals, Rodriguez had a 5.71 ERA and troubling 15.9 percent walk rate in 52 innings. In his lone start with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers this season, the righty allowed three earned runs and struck out four in 5.2 innings.