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Wandy Rodriguez throws fastballs, changeups off mound

Aug 11, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

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Wandy Rodriguez is now making steady progress.

According to beat writer Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the left-hander threw fastballs and changeups in a successful 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday at Colorado’s Coors Field. “No problems,” Rodriguez told reporters after the short workout.

Rodriguez will throw another bullpen session — his third — on Wednesday in St. Louis and could then be cleared to face live hitters. “It won’t be finalized until we know how he feels tomorrow from throwing today, that’s what we kind of laid out as the plan moving forward,” manager Clint Hurdle said.

Rodriguez has been on the disabled list since June 5 because of left elbow and forearm tightness. He tried starting a minor league rehab assignment on June 24 but felt renewed discomfort in his throwing arm almost immediately and was shut down. The hope is that he can avoid setbacks this time around.

Pittsburgh entered play Sunday with a four-game lead over St. Louis in the National League Central.

Rodriguez had a 3.59 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 46/12 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings before hitting the shelf.

  1. Stiller43 - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Getting wandy and grilli back..whenever they make it back, will be a great boost.

  2. apkyletexas - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Could really use him back in the lineup. It’s possible that Gerritt Cole will be heading to the bullpen soon for the rest of the season.

  3. modellforprez - Aug 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    This Staff is Laboring. If Wandy could come back soon it might really help. Liriano got rocked friday literally and A.J went 5 strong fell apart in the 6th and Jeff Locke pitched well today bad balk call by an attention seeking ump did him in “watch it” and it led directly to a run not Jerry Meals bad but what it? Not much from Gerritt Cole winless in last what 6-7 starts after fast 4 game win streak to start his career fueled mainly by adrenaline and Charlie Morton is ground chuck alright= Dead Meat Should of kept Brandon Cumpton up here and pushed Wandy he shouldnt have been out 8-9-10 weeks with forearm soreness???

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