Franklin grad Rodriguez faces Chihuahuas in El Paso

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 1:24am

After a year away from baseball to recover from Tommy John surgery, Franklin grad Fernie Rodriguez returned to Triple-A ball just in time to play in his new hometown ballpark.

Rodriguez pitches for Sacramento now, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, and the Chihuahuas began a four-game series with the Rivercats Friday. Fernie went to Franklin High School then El Paso Community College before being drafted in the 18th round back in 2003.

He has pitched for the Angels, Astros and A's. This year, in relief, he has a 1 and oh record giving up just one earned run in 10 point 1 innings of work. That's a sparkling era of .087.

Upon seeing Southwest University Park for the first time, Fernie reacted the same way man have.

"It's pretty cool having been able to be part of it being able to be here to play and also with everything I heard from the guys hearing about the stadium how cool it is. At the same time it's always great being able to come home and not only to visit the family but to play ball as well. Now that I'm here having this stadium, the atmosphere and the Chihuahuas, the name just with that it's pretty special," said Rodriguez.

The Rivercats will be in El Paso for their series with the Chihuahuas through Monday.


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