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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pirates' Wandy Rodriguez throwing but uncertain if he will begin Spring Training on time

By on 1/07/2014 06:30:00 PM

Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez made only 12 starts in 2013 before landing on the disabled list on June 6 with a strained left forearm. He tried to rehab enough to pitch again in the Pirates' first winning season and postseason appearance since 1992, but he could not overcome the strain. He shut it down completely in October to rest his arm. Now, Rodriguez has a chance at starting Spring Training 2014 on time, but that is still uncertain.

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:
“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.”
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.

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