Eduardo Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers speak after a month of silence

After more than a month of silence, left-handed bowler Eduardo Rodriguez reached out to the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers put Rodriguez, who signed a five-year, $77 million contract in November, on the banned list on June 13, with the bowler tending to a marital affair. Rodriguez and Tigers manager AJ Hinch spoke on the phone about 10 days ago, general manager Al Avila said Saturday.

“He has expressed to me that he is working hard, that his personal situations are being taken care of, and at some point, he will get over that,” said Avila, who spoke to Rodriguez on Friday. “He is looking forward to coming back and joining the team and helping us win.”

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The 29-year-old is working through a throwing program in South Florida – designed by shooter Chris Vetter – and is expected to return to the major leagues in late August.

Rodriguez will remain unpaid and on the banned list until he takes the hill for the Tigers. A player cannot be reinstated on the restricted list between August 1 and October 31 unless the replay is approved by the Commissioner’s Office.

The Tigers will not attempt to trade with Rodriguez.

“I’ve talked to him a few times,” Hinch said. “At first, when we called back, I was just making sure he was okay and checking on his family. The second time around was about the throw-and-go program like spring training. He does a good job and obviously leans into a lot of personal things, spending time with his kids and preparing his kids for school.” .

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