Tigers pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez’s appearance on the restricted list is related to a marital issue, according to sources, and there’s no timetable yet for his return.
Rodriguez appeared set to return to the mound from a rib injury when the marital issue arose, and the team granted his request to take time to attend to the private matter. The team has not said anything publicly about Rodriguez’s absence beyond it being related to a “personal matter.” It was learned that personal matter is marriage related.
Rodriguez, 29, will not be paid while on the restricted list. He was to make $14 million this season his newly signed five-year, $77 million free-agent contract. He would lose about $400,000 per start missed.
The Tigers would love to get him back as soon as possible, but it’s believed they have no knowledge of when he may return. Rodriguez is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA in eight starts in his first season in Detroit after seven years with the Red Sox.
Tigers GM Al Avila declined comment. Rodriguez’s agent Gene Mato also declined to discuss the matter.