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Wandy Rodriguez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/18/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 192
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Wandy Rodriguez had his right knee drained Monday before throwing a bullpen session.
"We're going to give that a couple days to settle down, then he'll throw a bullpen, and we'll move forward as he's capable of moving forward," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. Hurdle added that it's "unclear" how long Rodriguez might be sidelined. "It depends on the guy. It depends on the age, what's involved. We'll just have to wait and see," the skipper said. Apr 23 - 10:13 AM

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Pirates placed LHP Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.

Rodriguez has been a mess to start the season, allowing 17 runs in 20 innings over four starts. He has also surrendered a league-leading seven home runs. Rodriguez has struggled to throw with his usual velocity. The Pirates hope some rest will make their lefty better in the long run.
Apr 21 - 3:16 PM

Wandy Rodriguez surrendered four earned runs over four innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Brewers.

Rodriguez had nothing, topping out at 89 mph with his fastball while yielding six hits in his four frames. He now has a 7.65 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 20 innings this season, and it's hard to see the situation improving anytime soon. The Pirates may have to try someone else.
Apr 19 - 10:17 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle admitted Tuesday that the club is keeping an eye on Wandy Rodriguez's velocity.

Rodriguez is averaging 87.5 mph with his fastball, which is down about two mph. And not only is his heater down a couple ticks, he's been missing his spots. "The mistakes are getting covered and getting hit over the wall," Hurdle said. "It's a challenging time for him." Hurdle thinks Rodriguez could get his velocity back once the weather warms up, and the feeling is that the left has some leash before the club considers booting him from the rotation.
Apr 15 - 8:18 PM

Wandy Rodriguez gave up six runs in five innings Monday versus the Reds.

Rodriguez gave up three of the 10 homers that were hit in the six innings before the game was suspended. He's sitting on a 7.31 ERA after three starts, and the Pirates are going to have to seriously think about moving on from him and giving Jeff Locke a shot before much longer. Pitching with an arthritic elbow, Rodriguez's stuff just isn't what it used to be.
Apr 14 - 11:42 PM

Wandy Rodriguez got the loss in Wednesday's start against the Cubs, allowing four runs in five innings.

The Cubs were squaring up Rodriguez well, victimizing him for two home runs. Overall, Rodriguez allowed nine hits and walked three while striking out six. Rodriguez is pitching through elbow problems, so starts of this caliber should be expected. He'll face the Reds on the road next.
Apr 9 - 11:10 PM

Wandy Rodriguez surrendered three earned runs in six innings Thursday in a loss to the Cubs.

Rodriguez yielded runs in the first, second, and third innings in an unimpressive 2014 debut. He struck out five batters and issued just one walk, but the balls he left over the plate were just far too hittable. The left-hander is trying to pitch with an arthritic elbow and the experiment is doubtful to go smoothly. The Pirates probably should have signed some reliable starting pitching this offseason.
Apr 3 - 3:18 PM

Wandy Rodriguez allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings and homered Tuesday in a win over the Blue Jays.

The wind was wreaking some havoc today, but Rodriguez survived and recorded his first win of the spring. The Pirates have to be pleased with how he's thrown this spring as he attempts to pitch with an arthritic elbow. We're not convinced that he'll have much fantasy value, but he looks like a better bet now than he did a month ago.
Mar 25 - 5:50 PM

Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run over four innings of work against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Wandy allowed four hits and a walk, striking out two in the outing. The run is the only one he's allowed in seven innings of work this spring. He's on track to be part of the Pirates' rotation come Opening Day.
Mar 19 - 11:16 PM

Wandy Rodriguez (elbow) pitched a couple of scoreless innings, striking out two, versus the Twins on Friday.

Rodriguez probably isn't pitching 200 innings or anything close to it this year, but he's giving reason for hope that he can be a part of the Opening Day rotation. If he makes it through the spring, he'll be worth trying in NL-only leagues anyway.
Mar 7 - 5:07 PM

Wandy Rodriguez yielded an unearned run in his inning of work Saturday as the Pirates and Rays played to a 2-2 tie in 10 innings.

Rodriguez struck out two and didn't allow a hit, though he did hit a batter. Rodriguez will have to spend the rest of his career dealing with arthritis in his pitching elbow. The Pirates are hoping he can serve as their fourth starter, but they do have alternatives.
Mar 1 - 5:04 PM

Wandy Rodriguez (elbow) threw a session of live batting practice on Thursday in Pirates camp.

Rodriguez is taking a slower approach to his spring throwing program than most of the other pitchers in camp with the Bucs after ending the 2013 campaign with arthritis in his left elbow. He's aiming to be ready for the start of the 2014 regular season, but it's no sure thing at this point. Wandy was limited to 12 starts last year.
Feb 20 - 2:34 PM

Wandy Rodriguez (elbow) will throw once every three days early on in camp before being re-evaluated.

The other Pirates' pitchers are throwing every other day, but the club wants Rodriguez to get extra rest after he ended last season with arthritis in his elbow. The left-hander looks to be in line to be ready for the start of the season at this point, but Opening Day is still a ways away.
Feb 14 - 12:53 PM

Wandy Rodriguez (elbow) said during the team's recent mini-camp that he would be ready for the first day of spring training.

The veteran southpaw was shut down in September due to arthritis in his elbow, but he has been working out at his home in the Dominican Republic all winter and insists that he'll be ready to go. Even if he is a few days behind, he should have no problem being ready to go for the start of the regular season.
Feb 9 - 7:49 PM

Wandy Rodriguez (elbow) has resumed throwing and says that his arm "feels good."

Rodriguez was limited to just 12 starts last season due to forearm/elbow pain, but he said he didn't feel anything during a long-toss session last month. The veteran southpaw hopes to begin throwing bullpen sessions in a couple of weeks, after which he should have a better idea of his progress. Rodriguez exercised a $13 million player option in November and should be a part of the Pirates' rotation in 2014 if healthy.
Jan 7 - 9:51 AM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
1B1Ike Davis
2B1Neil Walker
2Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Pedro Alvarez
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Jose Tabata
2Travis Snider
Starting Pitcher
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Wandy Rodriguez
5Edinson Volquez
6Brandon Cumpton
Relief Pitcher
R1Jason Grilli
2Mark Melancon
3Tony Watson
4Justin Wilson
5Bryan Morris
6Stolmy Pimentel
7Jeanmar Gomez