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There’s not much to find that went wrong for the Washington Nationals in 2012. As a team, they far surpassed expectations on their way to a 98-win season and the National League East Division title.
However, for reliever Henry Rodriguez, up, down and wild are adjectives that could describe his year.
Rodriguez ascended to the role of closer after an injury to Drew Storen and the ineffectiveness of Brad Lidge.
At first, Rodriguez thrived, posting eight saves in his first 10 chances and a 2.45 ERA in the first six weeks of the season. However, after a blown save against the Cincinnati Reds on May 13, Rodriguez imploded and his control was non-existent.
He spent time on the disabled list when he slammed his finger in a bathroom door, then back spasms led to another DL stint. Finally, Rodriguez’s season ended in late July with elbow pain that required surgery in late August.
That about covers the gamut, doesn’t it?
Rodriguez is expected to be ready for spring training, but what role he’ll have has yet to have been determined.
Considering everything that transpired, that’s a year that I would certainly want to turn the page on.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.