Grayson (right lat) reports to Florida for rehab

Keeping tabs on the Orioles' No. 2 prospect

June 18th, 2022

June 18: Rodriguez begins 'active rehab' in Florida
Grayson Rodriguez, as expected, reported to the Orioles' complexes in Sarasota, Fla., for his rehab program from the right lat strain he endured at the outset of June. He's limited to just "active rehab" -- physical therapy and "pretty basic stuff at this point," said Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias -- and will be re-imaged and re-examined in the coming weeks.

Rodriguez had been tabbed for perhaps a return in September, though Elias said it's possible he could be back sooner or sit the remainder of the season. After Rodriguez undergoes his next round of scans, the Orioles may have a firmer timeline for his return to the mound.

"Those have gone well. It seems like everything's going well," Elias said of Rodriguez's workouts. "But no further clarity to the exact timeline yet. We'll do some re-imaging at some point in the next few weeks, and I think we'll have a better sense there of where in that timeframe he's probably going to land."

June 5: Rodriguez may be out rest of year
Grayson Rodriguez was tabbed with a Grade 2 right lat strain, executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said on Sunday, and one that could keep him off a mound for the rest of the season. The Orioles instead hope he can return to action in September, but the injury has likely washed away the chance at a Major League debut this season. More >>

June 2: Rodriguez out 'a decent amount of time'
Grayson Rodriguez will not be in action for "a decent amount of time, at a minimum” after sustaining a right lat strain, Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said. The injury will delay Rodriguez's anticipated MLB debut, with no concrete timetable for his return. More >>

June 1: Rodriguez leaves in sixth with apparent injury
Grayson Rodriguez left his first June start in the sixth inning with right lat discomfort, a concerning sign for baseball's top pitching prospect. Rodriguez had thrown just 63 pitches for Triple-A Norfolk before being replaced. Despite the injury, he still posted a solid line, logging 5 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing just two hits and fanning four without a walk. The injury came after he matched a career-high seven innings in his last start. More »

May 27: Rodriguez dominates in longest start of 2022
After a shaky start to the month of May, Grayson Rodriguez capped off a head-turning five-game stretch with perhaps his best start of the year. Baseball's top pitching prospect was electric for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits and no runs in a season-high seven innings pitched. The 22-year-old stymied Gwinnett's lineup all night, as Stripers DH Preston Tucker was the only batter to record a hit against him. His seven innings pitched matched his career high, which he last did in his second pro season on May 27, 2019. With his battery mate Adley Rutschman now in the big leagues, it may not be long until the two are reunited in Baltimore. Gameday »

May 22: Rodriguez keeps rolling in fourth win of season
With  now in the Majors, Grayson Rodriguez didn't skip a beat in his first outing since his former battery mate's promotion.

With ample run support behind him, Rodriguez dealt six more stellar innings for Triple-A Norfolk, striking out nine while allowing just two runs on four hits and a walk to move to 4-1 on the season.

Rodriguez faced most of his base traffic in the first three innings of the Tides' series finale at Charlotte but mostly limited damage, stranding two men aboard in the first. After retiring the side in order in the second, the righty gave up a leadoff double to the Knights' Laz Rivera in the third and an RBI single to Danny Mendick two batters later. After Mendick stole second and went to third on Jake Burger's groundout to second, he scored on a Rodriguez wild pitch.

From there, Rodriguez was lights out. The 22-year-old retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced, including striking out the side in the fourth, and only allowing Blake Rutherford's leadoff single to right in the fifth. Rodriguez threw 86 pitches, 64 for strikes.

The victory was just the latest in a string of terrific outings for Rodriguez. Over his last four starts, the 2018 11th-overall Draft pick has gone 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA, allowing three runs on 12 hits while striking out 33 and walking nine in 21 2/3 innings.

May 17: Rodriguez whiffs season-high 11 as Adley homers
For all the speculation surrounding Adley Rutschman’s impending promotion, the spotlight has shifted some in recent days from Grayson Rodriguez, his battery mate and the top pitching prospect in baseball.

But that doesn’t mean Gray-Rod isn’t still dealing.

Rodriguez was dominant again Tuesday, racking up a season-high 11 strikeouts across 5 1/3 scoreless innings in Triple-A Norfolk’s 4-1 win over Charlotte. Rutschman and Orioles No. 8 prospect Kyle Stowers pitched in with a two-run homer each in support of Rodriguez, who dialed his fastball up to 99.2 mph in the outing. Full story »

April 26: Rodriguez runs into trouble
After a dominating start with Triple-A Norfolk, Rodriguez experienced his first rough outing. The righty allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over four innings while fanning five against Gwinnett. Gameday »

April 20: Rodriguez continues to dominate at Triple-A
Rodriguez, the top pitching prospect in baseball, continued his season-opening run of dominance on Wednesday with 5 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball, striking out eight and allowing a walk. He retired 15 consecutive batters after the Bulls' lone hit with one out in the first, registering 13 swings-and-misses on 75 pitches. Gameday »

April 14: Rodriguez keeps rolling
Rodriguez utilized his wicked stuff to rack up eight strikeouts over five three-hit, two-run innings for the Tides. He didn’t run a three-ball count on a single batter, giving him just one walk in nine innings so far, along with 15 strikeouts and four hits. Gameday »

April 8: Off to a stellar start
In his first Triple-A outing, Grayson Rodriguez did not allow a run over four frames. The right-hander worked around a hit and a walk while striking out seven. Gameday »