The Detroit Tigers have had no communication with Eduardo Rodriguez since placing the star pitcher on the shortlist three weeks ago, according to general manager Al Avila, who said the team had ” no choice but to wait now”.
Avila addressed Rodriguez’s status on Wednesday, 23 days after the southpaw was placed on the shortlist due to a personal matter. The Tigers announced at the time that Rodriguez would not join the team “until further notice”, and Avila noted on Wednesday that the situation was “unusual”.
“We’ve reached out, but obviously he hasn’t reached out, so we’re just waiting a bit,” Avila told reporters. “It’s unusual, but we have no choice but to wait now and see what develops as we move forward.”
Rodriguez is in the first year of a five-year, $77 million deal with the Tigers, but hasn’t pitched since suffering a ribcage injury on May 18. He was expected to return from a minor league rehab assignment before being placed on the shortlist. June 13.
Rodriguez was not paid while on the shortlist, and Avila declined to comment on whether the Tigers had discussed canceling his contract.
“I’m not going to go into details at this point,” Avila said. “Obviously it’s a private situation right now on his part, so I won’t get into any of those legalities.”
Tigers manager AJ Hinch told reporters on Friday that Rodriguez was at home but did not provide further information, saying the team had “respected his privacy and just tried to wait for his side to come to us.” hints at what lies ahead.”
“We want him to be okay,” Hinch told reporters. “We want him to be in a good place, we want everything to settle down around him. But we can’t really make any considerations until we know exactly what lies ahead. open whenever he wants.”
Rodriguez, 29, is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA in eight starts this season for the Tigers. He spent his first six major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was the winner of 19 games for Boston in 2019.