Francisco Rodriguez joins Brewersâ€™ Class-A roster
Francisco Rodriguez has been added to the Brewersâ€™ Class-A Brevard County roster.
By ANDREW GRUMANFS Wisconsin
Francisco Rodriguez's attempted road back to the big leagues will begin Tuesday night, as the former Brewers reliever has been added to the roster at advanced Class-A Brevard County.
Signed to a minor league contract on April 17, Rodriguez has a provision in his contract giving the Brewers just 30 days to add him to the Major League roster or he will be released.
The 31-year-old reliever has been working out at the team's spring training complex in Phoenix while trying to secure a work visa. With the visa in hand, Rodriguez will be available to the Manatees for Tuesday's game against Charlotte.
Rodriguez will spend a few days with Brevard County and could earn a trip up to Triple-A Nashville if he pitches well.
After playing a role in Milwaukee's major league-worst 4.66 bullpen ERA in 2012, Rodriguez became a free agent following the season and went unsigned.
Acquired on July 12, 2011 from the New York Mets, Rodriguez was a key piece in the team's run to the division title and the National League Championship Series that season. He had a 1.86 ERA in 31 regular-season games with the Brewers and yielded just one run in five playoff innings.
Rodriguez went 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA in 78 games in 2012, but he lowered his ERA substantially by allowing just two earned runs in his final 15 innings.
Trying to latch on with a big league team this offseason, Rodriguez pitched in the World Baseball Classic for Venezuela. His country's stay in the tournament was short-lived, but Rodriguez appeared in two of the three games, working 2 1/3 innings with a 3.86 ERA.
With 294 career saves, Rodriguez ranks 25th in baseball history and holds the single-season saves record with 62 saves in 2008 with the Angels.
Rodriguez has appeared in 682 games over the course of 11 seasons with the Angels, Mets and Brewers, posting a 2.70 career ERA in 720 2/3 innings. Rodriguez led the American League in saves three times and is a four-time All Star.
The Brewers also transferred right-hander Mike Fiers from Triple-A Nashville to Brevard County, but it has nothing to do with performance.
Fiers has actually performed well since being demoted to Triple-A, but needs to deal with a personal matter at home in Florida, so the Brewers accommodated his wishes by sending him to Brevard County.