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Davey Johnson says Ivan Rodriguez “is not doing too well”

Aug 11, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

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Davey Johnson didn’t sound very optimistic when asked yesterday about Ivan Rodriguez‘s recovery from a strained oblique muscle.

Johnson told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that Rodriguez “is not doing too well” and “is pushing it too hard” in attempt to return from the disabled list, causing him to suffer a setback that required an epidural shot over the weekend.

There’s really no reason for the Nationals to rush Rodriguez back at this point unless they think there’s still some chance of trading him to a catcher-starved contender before August 31, but that seems awfully unlikely now that his terrible hitting is combined with poor health.

  1. dodger88 - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Looks like his best case scenario for 2012 is a minor league with an invite to camp. While he may be all but done, it is still impressive the career he’s had considering he stayed behind the plate. I’m sure he rested some by DHing but by and large he squated behind the plate most days and was still serviceable up to a few years ago.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 11, 2011 at 2:11 PM

      dont forget he played a lot of years in texas and everything i ever heard is its hell playing there day in and day out during the summer with the heat they have there

      • kiwicricket - Aug 11, 2011 at 8:14 PM

        That’s a good point Harry. Is it not more pleasant posting something constructive, as opposed to mindless rubbish or filth?

  2. stoutfiles - Aug 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Time to put the old dog down. Posada was taken behind the bullpen just last week, it’s standard procedure.

  3. SmackSaw - Aug 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Done.

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