Giants option struggling Dereck Rodriguez to Triple-A

SAN FRANCISCO — Dereck Rodriguez will continue his search for the strike zone in the minor leagues.

Rodriguez, who came out of nowhere to become one of the Giants’ best pitchers a year ago, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento Saturday.

Catcher Eric Kratz, who was in the injured list with a left hamstring strain, was reinstated to the roster and is available for the second game of the series against the Cincinnati Reds at Oracle Park.

Rodriguez pitched five innings in Friday night’s 7-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, and although all four runs against him were unearned, control issues which were not in evidence last season were again a problem.

Following the game, Rodriguez acknowledged command was a problem. He told NBC Sports Bay Area Saturday, “I’ll go down there, keep my head up and throw strikes.”

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“I talked to Dereck just a couple of hours ago,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s going to go down, try and get things polished up, get the good command that he normally has with all his pitches. He just needs to sharpen up with his command. He says the same thing.”

In eight starts, Rodriguez has a 3-5 record and a 5.05 earned run average, having given up 43 hits in 41 innings.His location issues aren’t just with pitches out of the zone, but within it as well. Rodriguez has already given up nine home runs, second on the Giants to Derek Holland’s 10. That total equals the same amount of home runs Rodriguez allowed in 118 1/3 innings as a rookie.

Last season, opponents hit .223 against Rodriguez. So far in 2019, that average has jumped to .264.

Rodriguez made an impact after having his contract purchased from Sacramento nearly a year ago on May 28, going 6-4 …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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