K-Rod scheduled to debut on Thursday

K-Rod scheduled to debut on Thursday

PHOENIX -- Reliever Francisco Rodriguez threw a live batting practice session on Sunday and is on track to make his first spring appearance on Thursday, when the Brewers travel to Peoria to play the Padres. He'll also throw a light bullpen session on Wednesday.

Despite reporting to Spring Training two weeks later than his teammates, Rodriguez has never worried about not being ready for Opening Day, especially since he doesn't usually pitch in more than six games in a typical spring.

"I was 10, 12 days behind, but that's pretty much the program I always do," Rodriguez said. "I usually come into games around this time. So I'm not that far away. The good thing is, I don't feel behind schedule and I haven't had any setbacks. Just normal soreness."

Rodriguez didn't play a lot of winter ball, but worked out regularly at the Aguilas club's facility in Venezuela.

"I threw a lot of bullpens, so I came here in pretty good shape," Rodriguez said.

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