Last week, the Nationals traded hard throwing but inconsistent reliever Henry Rodriguez to the Cubs for minor-league pitcher Ian Dickson. Washington had finally had enough with the 26-year-old, who could throw 100-mph fastballs, but ones that would soar towards the backstop and terrify fans seated in the general area.
Monday, Rodriguez made his Cubs debut in the bottom of the eighth inning as they trailed the Cardinals by a 4-1 score. In his first two pitches with Chicago, he picked up right where he left off in Washington.
Rodriguez's first pitch -- a 99-mph fastball -- struck home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn in the shin. His second -- another 99-mph fastball -- grazed Carlos Beltran, who took his base and later scored on a sacrifice fly.
Right before Rodriguez wound up for the first time, the WGN broadcast crew made sure to note that "control has been a big problem for him throughout his career."
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