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2015 Dodgers review: Paco Rodriguez

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

A look back at the 2015 season for Paco Rodriguez, which ended early with injury, and ended on another team as well.

What went right

Rodriguez made his third straight opening day roster with the Dodgers, and put up a 2.61 ERA in 18 games with the Dodgers.

Left-handed batters hit just .292/.333/.333 against Rodriguez, but he held right-handers down even better, allowing them to hit .214/.267/.286.

Rodriguez, drafted by the Dodgers in the second round in 2012, has a lifetime 2.53 ERA in 124 relief appearances with the Dodgers. His 144 career ERA+ is tied for ninth best (with Guillermo Mota) in Dodgers franchise history among pitchers with at least 100 relief appearances.

What went wrong

Rodriguez was placed on the disabled list at the end of May with a left elbow strain. He pitched four scoreless innings on a minor league rehab assignment in June, with six strikeouts and a walk between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City, but that was the end of his pitching in 2015.

The Dodgers sent Rodriguez to Atlanta as part of their three-team, 13-player trade on July 30, then after his elbow didn't recover underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of the season. He will miss all of 2016.

2015 particulars

Age: 24

Stats: 2.61 ERA, 2.46 FIP in 18 games, 8 K, 3 BB in 10⅓ innings, 0.2 rWAR, 0.2 fWAR

Salary: $522,500, of which the Dodgers were responsible for roughly $331,000.

Game of the year

Rodriguez retired all four batters he faced, including one strikeout, to preserve a scoreless tie in the 10th and 11th innings against the Diamondbacks on May 3, a game the Dodgers eventually won 1-0 in 13 innings.

Roster status

Rodriguez is now on the Braves, and will miss the 2016 season.