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Mattingly did use a pinch runner eventually, when the bases were loaded with one out. Erisbel Arruebarrena took Ellis’ place at third base, and barely had to move as Adrian Gonzalez and Juan Uribe struck out.
Not only did he throw a perfect game, Rodriguez didn’t feel any of the usual soreness in his strained teres major muscle near his left armpit Wednesday morning.
“I feel good right now,” he said. “I was a little sore, but hopefully that’s the usual soreness.”
The pitcher said he’ll throw a simulated game Friday prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Rodriguez had been having trouble the day after each of his previous bullpen sessions. The positive prognosis puts Paco on track to fulfill his mid-September return.
Rodriguez has a 4.35 ERA in 10 ⅓ innings (13 appearances) this season. He hasn’t pitched in a game since August 3.