Now Commenting On:

Reliever Rodriguez joins Cubs in New York

Reliever Rodriguez joins Cubs in New York

Reliever Rodriguez joins Cubs in New York

NEW YORK -- Henry Rodriguez joined the Cubs in New York on Friday, giving Chicago a power arm out of the bullpen.

The Cubs acquired Rodriguez in a trade with the Nationals on Wednesday for prospect Ian Dickson. Washington designated Rodriguez for assignment on June 4.

Chicago optioned reliever Brooks Raley to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Rodriguez on the roster.

Rodriguez pitched in 17 games with the Nationals and went 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA. He gave up 14 hits in 18 innings pitched and had 11 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Rodriguez will be a middle-inning reliever for now, but the Cubs eventually want to build him up so he can pitch two innings if Chicago needs him to.

"To start out with, he'll be a middle guy," Sveum said. "Winning or losing, we'll see what we got. We'll try to get him built up, we need him to be able to go two innings. But that's what we're looking for -- a power arm to be able to do both and eventually fall into even a bigger role."

Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español