Detroit Tigers’ Eduardo Rodriguez exits start vs. Rays early

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Detroit Tigers left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez signaled to manager AJ Hinch in the dugout with one out in the first inning. He exited Wednesday’s start moments later, following a brief mound visit from athletic trainer Doug Teter.

The 29-year-old suffered a left-side injury.

“I felt a little pinch on my side,” Rodriguez said.

Hinch said Rodriguez likely needs a stint on the injured list.

“He’ll be down for a bit,” Hinch said.

Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez throws against the Astros during the sixth inning Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Houston.

Six of seven batters reached safely against Rodriguez, whose four-seam fastball averaged 89.5 mph. He primarily relied on his changeup and cutter against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Rodriguez removed himself from his outing.

“When I was warming up in the bullpen, I felt a pinch on my side,” Rodriguez said. “I wasn’t able to throw the ball as hard as I can. We’re going to see what it is, and we’ll see from there. … I’m going to check with the doctors and everything, then we’ll see what it is.”

He threw 23 pitches, 11 for strikes.

“Looks like his left side is bothersome,” Hinch said after Wednesday’s 6-1 loss at Tropicana Field. “He said he could go. He never really felt anything during the week and increasingly got worse during his warmup. He tried to go out there. You could kind of tell he was off.”

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