Eduardo Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers talk after 1 month of silence

After more than a month of silence, left-handed starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez connected with the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers placed Rodriguez, who signed a five-year, $77 million contract in November, on the restricted list June 13, as the pitcher tended to a marital issue. Rodriguez and Tigers manager AJ Hinch talked on the phone approximately 10 days ago, general manager Al Avila said Saturday.

“He expressed to me that he’s working hard, his personal situations are being taken care of, and at some point, he’ll be over that,” said Avila, who spoke to Rodriguez on Friday. “He’s looking forward to coming back, rejoining the team and helping us win.”

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The 29-year-old is working through a throwing program in South Florida — designed by pitching coach Chris Fetter — and is expected to return to the big leagues in late August.

Rodriguez will remain unpaid and on the restricted list until he takes the mound for the Tigers. A player on the restricted list cannot be reinstated between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31 unless the commissioner’s office has approved the reinstatement.

The Tigers won’t try to trade Rodriguez.

“I’ve talked to him a couple times,” Hinch said. “Initially, when we got back in touch, I was just making sure he was OK and checking on his family. The second time was about the throwing program and the progression like a spring training. He’s doing fine and obviously tending to a lot of personal matters and spending time with his kids and getting his kids ready for school.”

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