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Wandy Rodriguez bumps Kevin Correia to Pirates’ bullpen

Jul 26, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

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Wandy Rodriguez will make his Pirates debut Saturday and adding to the drama is that he’ll be facing his former Astros teammates, in Houston.

Rodriguez’s arrival caused the Pirates to bump someone from the rotation and Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Kevin Correia has been demoted to the bullpen despite being a pretty decent starter since joining the team last year.

He has a 4.56 ERA in 45 total starts during that time, including a 4.24 mark this year, although
with offense being down across MLB that’s actually quite a bit worse than it initially appears. In fact, the NL average ERA for starters this year is 3.99.

There’s also been some speculation that the Pirates are looking to trade Correia to a team that could use him as a fourth or fifth starter, so he may not be long for the bullpen anyway.

  1. redguy12588 - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Smart move. I was worried that they may trade karstens.

  2. myspaceyourface - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    CAREFUL: The Pirates might get mistaken for a MLB team if they keep these practices up.

  3. hushbrother - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    What the Pirates need more than anything is an on base guy. And another arm in the bullpen.

    Calling it now: The Bucs make trades for Daniel Nava and Rafael Betancourt.

    • jmp527 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Bullpen help? You mean the top 5 bullpen? You got the on base guy correct. The bullpen has been stellar. Calling it now: no way they make that trade

  4. agc99 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    No team will take him.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Anyone else think Wandy Rodriguez looks like Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf? Okay, maybe not that bad, but how about the guy from Game of Thrones?

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