Rodriguez hit by line drive in 4th
Rodriguez was half-turned toward first base after throwing a pitch to Anaheim's Robb Quinlan leading off the fourth. Quinlan's liner hit the pitcher and ricocheted to third base. The right-hander immediately dropped face-first to the ground writhing in pain.
"I really feel for him," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "He is not getting back what he's put into it right now. Hopefully, he will get things straightened out and come pitch for us again next year."
Rodriguez (3-1) entered the game with a streak of 15 1/3 scoreless innings, the longest by a Texas starter since 1998. He had been a surprise, but the Rangers now must fill another spot in the rotation for which All-Star left-hander Kenny Rogers has been the only constant.
"The biggest loss is to know that Ricardo got pretty mangled up," shortstop Michael Young said. "We've really grown to depend on him heavily the last few starts."
The Angels built a 4-0 lead by scoring thee runs on four straight two-out singles in the second.
Quinlan, who finished 4-for-5, led off the fourth with the hard liner.
"Thank God it was below his chest and neck," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "As the ball took off and it first hit him, my first inclination was it was off his face or neck.
"It's a tough break, he had really battled back and was throwing the ball well for them."
Rodriguez came to Texas in a trade from Cleveland last July, and missed the rest of the season because of a hip injury. He started the season at Triple-A Oklahoma, where he was sidelined for a month and a half because of an appendicitis.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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