The chances of Wandy Rodriguez (6-4, 3.59 ERA) returning this season took a major hit last week when he suffered pain in his forearm during his simulated game/batting practice. Rodriguez, though, received positive news during his dreaded visit to Dr. James Andrews. Michael Sanserino of the Post-Gazette reports that Rodriguez’s meeting with Dr. Andrews went so well that Rodriguez’s rehab assignment could be “coming soon”. Rodriguez last pitched on June 5th with what the team has called forearm tightness. Rodriguez has a $13 million player option for 2014, with the Pirates being responsible for $7.5 million of that total.
The chances of Wandy Rodriguez (6-4, 3.59 ERA) returning this season has taken a major hit. Pirates GM Neal Huntington announced today that Rodriguez has suffered a setback, stating that Rodriguez “had pain in his forearm during his simulated game/batting practice and will see Dr. Andrews early next week.” Rodriguez last pitched on June 5th with what the team has called forearm tightness. Rodriguez has a $13 million player option for 2014, with the Pirates being responsible for $7.5 million of that total.
PIRATES BEAT DIAMONDBACKS 5-3 The Pittsburgh Pirates (2-5) overcame the lose of Wandy Rodriguez as their bats came alive, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks (5-2) 5-3 on Monday night. Andrew McCutchen and Travis Snider each had two RBIs and Garrett Jones homered for the Pirates, who came into the game with just eight runs in their first six games. Starter Wandy Rodriguez (1-0, 1.00 ERA) left the game in the bottom of the third inning with what appeared to be a possible hamstring injury. Rodriguez was not in a lot of pain and tried to walk the injury off to keep going but was in enough discomfort where the Pirates had no choice but to end his outing. Rodriguez could be headed to the 15-day DL. Rodriguez allowed 2 hits and 1 run in 2 1/3 innings. Rodriguez exited the game with the Pirates leading 3-1 after the Pirates broke outRead More »
By John Perrotto Baseball is a game with so many statistics that it sometimes seems as though players are looked at more as numeric values than human beings made of flesh and blood. Take the case of Wandy Rodriguez. The left-hander struggled mightily in his first five starts with the Pirates after being acquired from Houston in a trade on July 24. He went 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in his first five starts and his lone bright spot was notching the first relief win of his eight-year career when he was called on to pitch the final two innings of the Pirates’ 19-inning victory at St. Louis on Aug. 19. Rodriguez had never known any other organization but the Astros. They signed him as an international free agent from Venezuela in 1999 and broke into the major leagues in 2005, just in time to be part of the loneRead More »
Pedro Alvarez (.249 – 26 HR – 70 RBI) was a game changer for the second straight game, powering the Pirates to a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, taking two of three from the Cards and moving just one game back of St. Louis for the second wildcard spot. After powering the Pirates to a 9-0 rout Tuesday night with a two homer, four RBI game, Alvarez was the Pirates spark once again breaking the game wide open, belting a three run homer with two outs in the bottom of the third for his 26th home run of the season and giving the Pirates a commanding 4-0 lead and the team never looked back as starter Wandy Rodriguez (9-13, 3.89 ERA) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out three, earning his second win as a Pirates and ninth win of the season. Tony Watson,Read More »