KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Baltimore Orioles bolstered their bullpen with a late-inning arm Tuesday, acquiring reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the last-place Milwaukee Brewers for minor league infielder Nick Delmonico.
“We’re not playing for (anything) here. But going there now, every game is going to count. I’ve got to be on top of my game now and help them out,” Rodriguez said.
Baltimore already has a proven closer in Jim Johnson, who was leading the majors with 35 saves. Rodriguez, however, gives manager Buck Showalter another option late in the game.
K-Rod was one of the game’s best relievers during his time with the Angels, saving a major league-record 62 games in 2008.
The 31-year-old Rodriguez has revitalized his career the past three years in Milwaukee, going 1-1 with 10 saves and a 1.09 ERA in 25 appearances this season.
Delmonico, a sixth-round draft pick in 2011, was hitting .244 in 60 games for Class-A Frederick. He hit .249 in 95 games for Class-A Delmarva last season.
CABRERA OUT WITH HIP INJURY: In Chicago, American League MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was unavailable for the Detroit Tigers against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night because of an injured left hip.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said his star wouldn’t play, but revealed little else. He wouldn’t say how concerned the team is about Cabrera’s injury or if putting him on the disabled list is a possibility.
Cabrera left Monday’s 7-3 win over Chicago in the fifth inning. He was replaced at third base by Don Kelly with one out in the bottom half of the inning — after scoring in the top half — and walked off holding his left side.
The Tigers said then that he had a sore hip flexor muscle and would be evaluated Tuesday.
Cabrera, who became baseball’s first Triple Crown winner in 45 years last season, had played in 97 of Detroit’s 98 games this year. He was leading the majors with a .358 batting average and was second in RBIs with 96.
Ramirez recalled from Single-A: The Seattle Mariners recalled right-hander Erasmo Ramirez for his second start of the season. Ramirez was sent down to Single-A Everett after his first start so he could make a start during the All-Star break on normal rest.
Ramirez’s only start came on July 11 against Boston,when he gave up seven earned runs in 4.2 innings. In his one start at Single-A, Ramirez allowed one earned run in 5.1 innings.