Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez's Son Dereck Called Up by Giants

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2018

National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ivan
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The San Francisco Giants are calling up the son of a Hall of Famer. 

ESPN.com reported the Giants called up pitcher Dereck Rodriguez on Monday to join their bullpen and sent utility man Miguel Gomez to Triple-A to clear space on the roster. Rodriguez is the son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, who expressed how proud he was in a Twitter message:

Rodriguez has served as a starter for Triple-A Sacramento, posting a 4-1 record and 3.40 ERA in nine starts. However, he is joining the Giants’ bullpen at a time they could need the help after some early season struggles and with a difficult series on the horizon. 

San Francisco plays a three-game series against the first-place Colorado Rockies at hitter-friendly Coors Field starting Monday, which figures to spell trouble against its bullpen.

The Giants are just 22nd in the league in bullpen ERA, per ESPN.com.

Despite a disappointing 25-28 record, they are just three games back of the Rockies for first place in the National League West, so Rodriguez has the opportunity to provide assistance during a potential postseason run if he thrives in his first major league chance.

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