Rod贸n's Struggles Continue as Yankees Fall to Rays

Rod贸n’s Struggles Continue as Yankees Fall to Rays

Carlos Rod贸n’s struggles continued on Wednesday as he surrendered two more homers in the New York Yankees’ 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The AL batting champion, Yandy D铆az, greeted Rod贸n with a first-pitch homer, while Richie Palocios launched a two-run drive off his final offering. Rod贸n’s outing ended after 3+ innings, allowing three runs on five hits.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone acknowledged Rod贸n’s lackluster fastball velocity, but praised his performance between the first and last pitches. Rod贸n’s injury-plagued 2023 season saw him post a 3-8 record with a 6.85 ERA. He is now in the second year of a six-year, $162 million contract.

Rod贸n expressed his frustration with his inability to stay healthy, emphasizing that he is a formidable pitcher when fit. His recent simulated game resulted in four homers allowed to Yankees minor leaguers, while his other spring training start yielded a solo homer.

Alex Verdugo returned to the Yankees lineup after recovering from a bruised leg, but struck out in all three at-bats. Reliever Tommy Kahnle, hampered by a shoulder injury, indicated that he may not be ready for opening day and could start rehab games in the first week of the regular season.

Meanwhile, Shohei Ohtani continued his impressive spring training performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 2 for 2 with a walk against the Chicago White Sox. The Japanese star has recorded seven RBIs in 12 at-bats so far.

Lucas Giolito of the Boston Red Sox will seek a second opinion on his ailing right elbow in Alabama. Manager Alex Cora revealed that Giolito will consult with Dr. Jeffrey R. Dugas to explore treatment options, including surgery.

Cody Bellinger made his spring training debut for the Chicago Cubs, drawing a walk in three plate appearances. Eddie Rosario has agreed to a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals, pending a physical exam.

Brandon Lowe of the Tampa Bay Rays is focused on staying healthy after two injury-marred seasons. Dylan Crews, the Nationals’ No. 2 overall pick, hit his first spring training homer against the Miami Marlins. Adolis Garc铆a homered in his first Cactus League appearance for the Texas Rangers.

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