More on Ivan Rodriguez's night off
Considering the Washington Nationals play a night game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday and a day game on Saturday, Ivan Rodriguez was going to receive an off day for one of the games, as often happens with catchers.
But there is a story behind why Manager Jim Riggleman gave Rodriguez an off day on Friday instead of Saturday. Riggleman provided Rodriguez the option of sitting Thursday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies (also a day game following a night game), but Rodriguez wanted to play. That meant Rodriguez played all three games of the Phillies' series, so Riggleman was going to sit Rodriguez either Friday or Saturday.
After a bus ride back from Philadelphia following Thursday's game and with two day games this weekend, they agreed to take Friday off.
"I kind of checked with him in Philadelphia and see how he's feeling, get a feel for how his body's feeling," Riggleman said. "He indicated he wanted to catch that last one in Philadelphia, so we gave him the day."
Although it's still early in the season, Rodriguez is exceeding expectations at age 38, batting .407 and hitting safely in six of seven games. When Rodriguez was signed during the offseason, his presence on defense was lauded, but his offensive production has waned in the latter portion of his career.
"He just, really, appears to be a professional hitter at 38 years old," Riggleman said. "He's just always been a good hitter, and continues to be a good hitter. I wouldn't say surprised, but very pleased."
Coincidentally, the Nationals are 2-0 in the games that Wil Nieves starts in Rodriguez's place.
April 16, 2010; 6:37 PM ET
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