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Ricardo Rodriguez, now pitching for Triple-A Richmond (Braves), was tagged for three runs in six innings yesterday in a 6-3 loss to Charlotte. The 27-year-old right-hander has pitched well for the Braves, going 3-5 with a 3.90 ERA since being dropped by the Phils. Rodriguez was the player to be named later in the Vicente Padilla trade with Texas, but never pitched a game for the Phils. He was released before the end of spring training.
For the first time in his career, Jason Michaels is an every day player. The 30-year-old former fourth outfielder has played in 52 games with the Tribe, 51 of them in left field, batting most games out of the No. 2 hole. Defensively, he ranks 8th among LF with a .851 zone rating. After a 2-for-4 night against Oakland, he’s is hitting .289/.349/.399 with 4 homers, 4 stolen bases and 12 doubles. Michaels was traded to Cleveland for veteran reliever Arthur Rhodes.
No team fusses over their roster more than Texas, where Robinson Tejeda has already been optioned to the minors twice. The 24-year-old right-hander, who was traded to the Rangers for David Dellucci, was recalled from Oklahoma on May 2, pitched a five-inning win against the Devil Rays, lost his next start to the Yankees, and was optioned back to the minors on May 9. On May 19, he was recalled once again, pitched a 5-inning, one-run no decision against Houston, then got beat up his next start against the Angels. The next day, he was optioned back to Oklahoma, where he is currently pitching for the Redhawks. Tejeda is 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA, 12 strikeouts and 14 walks in his four appearances with Texas.
How does Ryan Howard compare with Jim Thome? Close, but Howard still hasn’t matched Big Jim’s output this season. Thome’s terrific 1.092 OPS (third in baseball) has given the White Sox a potent offensive punch to compliment Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko. Thome is tied with Howard with 21 homers. The deal has worked out great for both sides, but GM `Ken Williams of Chicago deserves a lot of credit for taking a chance on the big slugger.
Tomas Perez should retire and get ready for coaching. After falling one strikeout short of breaking a major-league record for strikeouts in consecutive at-bats, he hasn’t been able to save face. He’s hitting .173 with a .463 OBP, some of the worst production in baseball. In spite of this, he’s starting in a little less than half the games for Tampa Bay and has appeared in 41 games total. Perez does have two home runs on the year, two more than all of last season. Sad as it sounds, he’s still proving to be a bigger asset than utility replacement Abraham Nunez. According to Win Shares, Perez is the better overall contributor than Nunez this season.
Inning Endy Chavez has been anything but buried on the Mets bench, called into duty because of some injuries in the outfield. Chavez filled in yesterday for Xavier Nady in right field. After an 0-4 game, he’s still hitting a respectable .270 with a .691 OPS.
Jose Offerman’s stint with the Phillies was about as long as Alex Gonzalez’s. The 37-year-old native of the world’s greatest baseball town, San Pedro de Macoris, D.R., is hanging on to the dream at Triple-A Norfolk (Mets), where he’s hitting .264 with 2 homers. The pinch-hitter was released by the Phillies less than a month into the 2005 season.
Todd Pratt is striking out once every three at bats for Atlanta, but life is still good for the 39-year-old catcher. Pratt is mentoring Brian McCann, the game’s best young National League catcher. He's hitting .221 with a home run in 68 at bats.