By John Hickey
PHOENIX – Right-handed reliever Fernando Rodriguez, who came out of his last spring training relief appearance after one pitch, will need Tommy John-style ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow and will miss the 2013 season, the Bay Area News Group has learned.
A’s sources would not confirm the injury, but Oakland is likely to announce the need for surgery Thursday morning.
Rodriguez, who came to the A’s in the trade of first baseman Chris Carter that also netted Oakland shortstop/second baseman Jed Lowrie, is a 28-year-old with a 95-mph fastball.
Rodriguez was pitching in relief Monday against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, but came off the mound after one pitch. He was competing for a job at the end of the A’s bullpen.
He is 4-13 with a 4.89 career ERA and was 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA with the Astros last year.