Pittsburgh's Trib Live Sports' Rob Biertempfel reports that Rodriguez resumed throwing in early December -- 90-foot soft toss -- but he reported for voluntary workouts at the Pirates' training facility in Bradenton, Florida, on Tuesday and expects to work with the team's medical staff for most of the week.
Rodriguez is optimistic but still uncertain about starting Spring Training on time. He is still throwing lightly and wants to throw all out before making a decision. When asked, he responded as follows:
Rodriguez has a career record of 91-92 with a 4.01 ERA and 1.325 WHIP. However, since 2008, his ERA is 3.48 and his WHIP is 1.271. He did most of his pitching for poor Astros and Pirates teams until 2013 but posted a record of 63-59. Pittsburgh traded for him at the 2012 July 31 trade deadline. He has had only two other DL stints in his nine-year career, most recently a swollen left elbow in 2011. He also missed a start this past April with a mild hamstring strain.“All I had to do was rest my arm a lot. That's it. I feel good. My mechanics are OK. But let me wait (before saying more) until I start to throw hard. I hope I can start throwing bullpens in a couple more weeks.”
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