Padres News: Fernando Rodney pulled early from Caribbean Series game with leg tightness

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 (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

A collective sigh comes over the San Diego Padres front office as Fernando Rodney was just inked to a one-year deal this week. It looks as thought the team will be fine and his departure is being labeled as precautionary to this point. At least the injury was not arm related and he should be fine for spring training.

The 38-year-old closer was pitching well until that point for his Dominican team. The team lost 4-2 to Cuba and was eliminated from the playoffs. It was reported that Padres officials were in the stands at the game and were reportedly very concerned about the health of the flamboyant closer.

His stuff was good before leaving as Rodney mixed in an assortment of change ups and high riding fastballs. He was effective taking advantage of the aggressive Cuban hitters, but failed to complete an inning of work.

If the team lost Rodney they would be forced to use Kevin Quackenbush or Jon Edwards as closer. Quackenbush has some experience in the back end of the bullpen, but he would not be an ideal candidate for the position. Edwards might have the stuff but he is still very raw.

The fact Rodney is not considered seriously injured is a good thing. The team will need his experience in the back end of the bullpen if they plan on succeeding this year.

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