Boston – Clay Holmes loved being in the same place as Richard Rodriguez when they were together in Pittsburgh.
Holmes may get a chance to do it again soon.
In June, the Yankees right-hander Rodriguez signed a minor league deal and activated him to compete in the Florida Complex League on Monday.
“The rich are great,” Holmes said before the Yankees faced the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday. “It was fun to watch. … He’s just fearless.”
Rodriguez, 32, may be close to making a comeback. General manager Brian Cashman said Rodriguez’s 80-match suspension after he tested positive for the banned substance Boldenone has expired. Rodriguez was suspended on 4 April. It was the first time Rodriguez had violated a league performance-enhancing drug policy.
He has a 3.28 career ERA in 228 games. He saved 14 games last season with the Pirates and the Braves, scoring 64 games with a 2.94 ERA.
“We signed it a few weeks ago,” Cashman told reporters. “He’s served his hiatus. No strings attached. He’s in Tampa right now shaking some rust. Then he’s obviously going to join an affiliate and start the business and try to put himself in the position of help and have his mind at some point.”
The Yankees wouldn’t mind helping the Bulls after losing Chad Green (Tommy John’s surgery) this season. They are waiting to remove Jonathan Luizia (shoulder) and Domingo German (shoulder) from the injured list. They’re hoping to get Zac Britton’s left damper back in September. Britton underwent Tommy John’s surgery late last year.
Holmes lunged over Rodriguez.
“It was another jug with its four stitches,” said Holmes. “Very disingenuous. He throws the hidden ball. Even with all this data and stuff – it doesn’t explain why it’s so good. I’ve always been interested in him for this reason. Just a great guy to play with, a great guy to be on the battlefield with. I think his mentality has always been something that a lot of guys have liked. I’m excited for him to be back in the game and back to where he was.
Holmes added, “He threw a pitch that wasn’t necessarily crushing. It was 92-94 mph. It was just a four-stitch fastball, and he was throwing it over and over and people couldn’t hit it. Seeing how the hitters attacked, he wasn’t afraid of any A person. He had that pitch that he trusted and chased after players. He inspired some other players to see if they could do it.”
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