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Rodgers not among Orioles’ 60-player pool

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One step back

Lamar Consolidated product Brady Rodgers was optioned to the Houston Astros spring training minor league camp.

Major League Baseball had its first major roster deadline for the novel coronavirus pandemic-shortened season on Sunday. Teams were required to set a 60-man pool of participants for the upcoming season.

Unfortunately, Lamar Consolidated High School product Brady Rodgers was not included in the Baltimore Orioles’ pool.

Rodgers, 29, was assigned to minor league camp during spring training in February. If the right-handed pitcher remains in the Orioles’ minor league system, he will likely be without a season.

MiLB leagues are not expected to play a season this year.

Major League Baseball is allowing teams to construct a 60-man roster in place of a traditional 40-man roster.

Rodgers did not appear in a single spring training game for the Orioles.

The former Mustang spent his first eight seasons in the Astros’ minor league system, posting a 54-37 record with a 4.26 ERA over 148 games at all levels.

In 2019, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Rodgers was 4-0 with a 3.83 ERA in 10 games including eight starts with the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate Round Rock.

Rodgers appeared with the major league club during two seasons in 2016 and 2019. In his three games, last season with the Astros, he earned a 16.20 ERA over five innings.

Fellow Mustang alumnus Randal Grichuk was included in the Toronto Blue Jays’ player pool. Grichuk is expected to be the Jays’ starting right fielder on opening day.

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