Well, maybe almost never, depending on your opinion of the Brewers bringing Francisco Rodriguez back.
The Brewers announced after Wednesday night’s walkoff win that they were bringing Rodriguez back on a minor league deal with a 30-day out clause. If the Brewers don’t promote K-Rod to the majors in the next month, he can become a free agent again. If he makes the major league roster, he could make as much as $2 million.
Rodriguez was arrested in September last year on domestic battery charges (which were eventually dropped), but Adam McCalvy says Doug Melvin spoke to the prosecutor of the case to make sure everything was taken care of before going ahead with the signing.
So, provided Rodriguez gets his work visa and pitches reasonably well in the minors, Thirty Pitches of Terror should be back by sometime in May. Who gets the boot in favor of Rodriguez is likely to decided closer to his return, although it’s worth noting Alfredo Figaro has been seldom-used recently.