Eduardo Rodríguez taking leave from Tigers 'due to personal matters'

By , Audacy Sports

Veteran lefty Eduardo Rodríguez is being placed on the restricted list as he steps away from the Detroit Tigers to attend to "personal matters," Robert Murray of FanSided reports.

Rodríguez had been working on his way back from a strained left rib cage, and there were signs that he may not be far from being ready to return to the Tigers. On June 9, Rodríguez pitched four shutout innings for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.

After spending parts of six seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Rodríguez signed a five-year/$77 million deal with the Tigers in free agency this past offseason. The 29-year-old has a 4.38 ERA and 4.03 FIP across nine starts in 2022.

While the Tigers had hoped to take a step towards contention after winning 77 games a year ago, they are currently 24-35 with a -73 run differential. In addition to signing Rodríguez, the Tigers also inked two-time All-Star Javier Báez to a six-year/$140 million pact. In his first season with the Tigers, Báez currently had just a .543 OPS.

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