Free agent Ivan Rodriguez hoping for another shot



DETROIT (AP) — Free agent Ivan Rodriguez says he’s hoping for a chance to play this season.

The 14-time All-Star and 40-year-old catcher insists he’s not ready to retire — yet.

Rodriguez said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday night that he’s in great shape and is healthy. A strained right oblique limited him to a career-low 44 games last year with Washington and he hit just .218 with two homers and 19 RBIs.

Rodriguez is a career .296 hitter with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs with Texas, Florida, Detroit, the New York Yankees, Houston and Washington.

He has 2,844 career hits and says being in the 3,000-hit club is important to him.