Detroit Tigers’ Elvin Rodriguez, Robbie Grossman leave game early

The hits keep on coming for the Detroit Tigers.

Not at the plate, but on the list of banged-up players on the roster.

Right-hander Elvin Rodríguez departed after just four innings and four strikeouts Sunday against the Cleveland Guardians. The rookie had allowed two hits and no runs when he motioned for manager AJ Hinch and trainer Doug Teter to come to the mound during his warmups prior to the fifth inning. After a brief conference, Rodríguez slowly walked off the mound with Hinch, and righty Wily Peralta came on in relief. Rodríguez was throwing a gem, with 30 of his 52 pitches going for strikes.

The Tigers announced the injury as lower-body cramping.

“It’s very frustrating,” Rodríguez said through interpreter Carlos Guillen,. “I was doing very well in the first four innings and, you know, coming out of the game in the middle of a very good outing, it’s a little bit uncomfortable. ”

Tigers starting pitcher Elvin Rodriguez (45) pitches in the first inning May 29, 2022 against the Guardians at Comerica Park.

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Sunday’s outing was Rodríguez’s first example of cramping mid-game, but not his first overall.

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