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Rodriguez close to game-ready

Feb 25, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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Henry Rodriguez has yet to appear in a game this spring.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Reliever Henry Rodriguez, being brought along slowly by the Nationals this spring following last year’s elbow surgery, is close to being cleared to pitch in games and make his case for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.

Rodriguez threw off a bullpen mound yesterday in front of team officials and looked sharp, according to manager Davey Johnson.

The Nationals will have the right-hander throw one more bullpen session, then face hitters in a “live BP” setting before he appears in a Grapefruit League game. That’s similar to the plan the club has for recently signed right-hander Chris Young.

Even if he doesn’t make his spring debut until next week, Rodriguez still has plenty of time to earn a roster spot. He’s one of several pitchers in the running for the final spot in the Nationals’ bullpen — along with fellow right-hander Christian Garcia and non-roster lefty Bill Bray — and probably holds the upper hand based on the fact he’s out of options and can’t be sent to the minors without first clearing waivers.
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  1. Theophilus T. S. - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    What a joke!

  2. SCNatsFan - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    I can almost hear his back creaking and an early season stint on the dl

  3. phil dunton - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    No, please, not again. I can't bear the thought of having to watch this turkey try to throw a strike again this seson. Donate him to the WBC with the hope that he never returns.

  4. IKN8wxU2 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    I hope he makes the opening day roster and fulfills his potential. He's got great stuff.

  5. UnkyD - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    HRod is my BOY!!!! Set 'em up, and MOW 'EM DOWN!!!

  6. MicheleS - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Stocking up on the bourbon and maalox now. COME ON HENRY! YOU CAN DO IT! (as I become addicted to the bourbon)

  7. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    PFB.

  8. Drew - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    What did I do with that strait jacket?

  9. Scott Margenau - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Lol Michelle. Memories of last years bourbon n maalox r cracking me upThis year it's gonna be Woodford n tums.

  10. BigCat - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Straight gas homey!!!!

  11. natsfan1a - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    You can do it!

  12. Knoxville Nat - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    "This year it's gonna be Woodford n tums." Scott M.,I wouldn't waste Woodford on tums, use a cheaper bourbon and save the Woodford for when the Nats shut down the Braves, cards or other top opponents.

  13. NitsAndNats - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    I've never understood why the Nats are so steadfast in their desire to keep HROD around. Yes, he has great stuff, but it's mixed in between wild pitches and BB. If he does make the opening day roster, I hope it's a very hot seat.

  14. ehay2k - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Nits and Nats, you must have missed Henry's great outings: An 11 pitch inning. Another where the opposing batter (Barves catcher?) surrendered at the plate by meekly offering and MISSING a bunt with 2 strikes, etc. Henry is here because when he throws 100Mph and is in control, he is the pure definition of PFB.

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