Cubs deal for Nationals reliever Rodriguez

Cubs deal for Nationals reliever Rodriguez

CHICAGO -- The Cubs acquired right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez from the Nationals for Minor League right-handed pitcher Ian Dickson Tuesday night.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez, who was at Triple-A Iowa, was designated for assignment.

Rodriguez, 26, went 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA in 17 relief appearances with the Nationals, totaling 18 innings. He limited opponents to a .203 batting average against, including a .194 mark by right-handers and a .211 mark by left-handers. He was designated for assignment June 4.

He has pitched all or part of five Major League seasons with the Athletics and Nationals, and has a career 4.23 ERA in 143 relief appearances. Rodriguez was not expected to arrive in Chicago in time for Wednesday's game.

Dickson, 22, a 35th-round pick in the 2011 Draft, was 2-2 with a 6.88 ERA in 11 appearances (three starts) with Class A Kane County.

Sanchez, 24, was 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in six relief appearances at Iowa. He was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals on May 21.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.