Dodgers pitcher Paco Rodrgiuez will be shut down for the better part of a week before beginning his rehab from left elbow inflammation, manager Don Mattingly told reporters on Tuesday before the Dodgers' doubleheader against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Rodriguez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with left elbow inflammation, and had an MRI exam on Monday. Mattingly discussed the results.
Paco Rodriguez has no change in his MRI from when he was signed, Mattingly says.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) June 2, 2015
Paco Rodriguez down a few days, then resume throwing.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 2, 2015
Paco Rodriguez will rest for five days before beginning a rehab program. Surgery has been ruled out for now.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) June 2, 2015
Paco Rodriguez's MRI showed no changes in elbow from the time he was signed.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) June 2, 2015
No structural damage for @steven_paco_rod, according to Mattingly. He'll be shut down for 5 days and then begin throwing program.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) June 2, 2015
Mattingly said MRI on Paco Rodriguez's elbow showed tendonitis, no structural change. Rest for a few days then start throwing program— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 2, 2015
Perhaps we are a little too close to Hyun-jin Ryu ending his season with shoulder surgery, but forgive me if the "no change from his original MRI" gambit raises a red flag.
But this is all a game of telephone of sorts, without hearing the actual quotes from Mattingly. Taking the news as it is presented, Rodriguez should be able to start a throwing program by the weekend, or perhaps early next week.
The left-hander has a 2.61 ERA in 18 relief appearances this season, with eight strikeouts and three walks in 10⅓ innings.