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Grand Rapids Press Feb 20, 2017
After putting change-up on the shelf, Bruce Rondon could revive it this spring

After putting change-up on the shelf, Bruce Rondon could revive it this spring

In 36 1/3 innings last year, Rondon registered a 2.97 ERA, striking out 45 and walking 12. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Bruce Rondon has always had a change-up, mainly to cross-up left-handed hitters, but he's used it less and less during his big-league tenure. In 2016, he put it on the shelf almost completely. But spring is the time to work on pitches, and Rondon has an able tutor in fellow Venezuelan Francisco Rodriguez. "I learned a lot from him and I give him thanks for just being on top of me, day in and day out, and giving me advice every day," Rondon said Monday...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 16, 2017
Francisco Rodriguez in his own words: 5 takeaways from today's interview

Francisco Rodriguez in his own words: 5 takeaways from today's interview

Were happy with what weve got and were going to fight together all the way to the end, Rodriguez said of the 2017 Tigers. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Francisco Rodriguez was greeted by hugs and handshakes from teammates when he arrived at the Tiger Town complex on Thursday morning.  No one, including his manager, seemed terribly concerned that he was a few days late. Rodriguez has a detailed and methodical offseason program that has kept him in good shape and highly effective throughout a 15-year career in the big leagues. The only difference...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 15, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: K-Rod still on his way

Tigers spring training notebook: K-Rod still on his way

A Venezuelan newspaper reported this morning that Francisco Rodriguez was yet again experiencing visa issues -- for the fourth season in a row, no less. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- It's probably way too early to be fretting about 25-man roster, but Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus did offer one clue to the roster's composition. Ausmus said it's likely the team will use a 12-man pitching staff -- five starters and seven relievers. That would leave room for a four-man bench. That's fairly standard, although the Tigers did use a three-man bench...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 14, 2017
Tigers spring training notebook: Almost perfect attendance on Day 1

Tigers spring training notebook: Almost perfect attendance on Day 1

Veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez was the only player absent for the first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Tuesday. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez was the only player absent for the first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Tuesday at the Tiger Town complex. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he wasn't aware of any visa issues that were delaying Rodriguez and expected that he would arrive by Wednesday. All other pitchers and catchers were accounted for. Many position players were also in the...
Rotoworld Feb 13, 2017

Francisco Rodriguez dealing with visa issue - Francisco Rodriguez (R) Detroit Tigers

Francisco Rodriguez will be late in reporting to Tigers camp due to a visa issue.

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