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Minor League veteran Rodriguez gets called up

ARLINGTON -- Infielder Guilder Rodriguez, a 14-year Minor League veteran who has spent the past six years shuttling between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock and Oklahoma City, was called up from Double-A on Sunday.

Rodriguez's arrival comes after playing in 1,095 Minor League games in the Brewers and the Rangers systems. A native of Venezuela, Rodriguez was signed by the Brewers in 2001 and acquired by the Rangers in 2008. The switch-hitter batted .281 in 90 games combined between Frisco and Round Rock.

"It's unbelievable," Rodriguez said. "It's a very exciting time in my career. When you sign to play professional baseball, we all want to play in the big leagues. Not too many people have the opportunity. I just thank God for this."

This is more than a courtesy callup. Rodriguez has been a mentor to the Rangers' young infielders during their time in the system. He is up here to help Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor.

"He's just a true professional," Rangers interim manager Tim Bogar said. "He is basically a player-coach and a really good influence on the young Latin players. He has been a big brother to Rougned and Sardinas their whole careers. We see him in the clubhouse perking them up and having influence to get them to do the right thing."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger
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