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K-Rod Is Back

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez celebrates his 3rd out with the Arizona Diamondbacks having the bases loaded in the 8th inning of Game 5 in their MLB National League Divisional League Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee, October 7, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Jeff Haynes
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez celebrates his 3rd out with the Arizona Diamondbacks having the bases loaded in the 8th inning of Game 5 in their MLB National League Divisional League Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee, October 7, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Jeff Haynes

PITTSBURGH, PA (LEARFIELD-WSAU)Francisco Rodriguez is returning to the Brewers. He was called up Wednesday from Triple-“A” Nashville, where he completed a one-month tryout period. “K”-Rod struck out the side in his final audition on Tuesday night.

Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke said he’s not sure if Rodriguez is up to his performance level from last year, but he’s still throwing his fastball at 90-to-91 miles an hour – and his change-up has also been good. Roenicke has coached Rodriguez with both the Brewers and the Angels of Anaheim – and the skipper admits there’s a comfort level.

Rodriguez went 2-and-7 in 78 appearances with Milwaukee last season. He signed a minor league contract a month ago, after he failed to hook up with another team in the off-season as a free agent.“K”-Rod will get just over two-million-dollars for the rest of this year.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Brewers are sending catcher-and-first baseman Blake Lalli down to Triple-“A” Nashville. Taylor Green is being moved from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list so Rodriguez can have a spot on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster.

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