Henry Rodriguez will have the day off today after another rocky performance last night, his third consecutive day pitching. Manager Davey Johnson has steadfastly stuck by Rodriguez, and even with this day off that has not changed. Johnson added today that Rodriguez is not having any health issues.
“He’s fine,” Johnson said. “You know, he cares a lot. He hides it really well. But his motor is running pretty hard. Pitchers can have ups and downs like hitters have ups and downs, slumps. Pitchers go through that, too, especially hard throwers. The main thing with my job is to take the pressure off, not feeling like he’s got the weight of this ball club on his shoulders.”