Rod Henderson

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In 1992, his first professional season, Rod Henderson was limited to just 3 innings of work in the minor leagues when a car accident left him with a broken wrist and two fractured vertebrae. He came back to have a great season in 1993, going a combined 17-7, 2.71 in 27 starts between the Class A West Palm Beach Expos and AA Harrisburg Senators. Before the end of April in 1994, he was pitching in the majors for the Montreal Expos, having taken the place of hometown favorite Denis Boucher in the starting rotation. However, he could not hold on to the job, as he went 0-1, 9.45 in 3 games. He spent the bulk of that season in AAA with the Ottawa Lynx, where he was 6-9, 4.62. It was the first of four seasons pitching in the Canadian capital, but he never had much success there, going 4-11, 5.19 in 1996, after having been demoted back to Harrisburg for all of 1995, 5-9, 4.95 in 1997, and 0-1, 9.00 in 6 games in 1998 before the Expos released him.

Henderson had been a 2nd round pick in the 1992 amateur draft by the Expos, so he was considered a top prospect before stalling at the AAA level. He was picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers on the same day the Expos released him, and he pitched very well for the Louisville RiverBats, going 11-5, 2.97. That earned him a second look in the Show at the tail end of the 1998 season, but he had a 9.82 ERA in his two games. In 1999, he fell to 7-11, 6.34 with Louisville, then kicked around various organizations and the independent leagues for two more seasons before calling it a career.

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