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Wandy Rodriguez is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews

Aug 22, 2013, 9:58 PM EST

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Wandy Rodriguez has been sidelined since June 5 due what was originally described as left forearm tightness, but he has been holding out hope for a return this season. However, it’s increasingly likely that he’ll have to turn the focus to 2014 and beyond.

According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, Rodriguez is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews early next week after his simulated game today didn’t go well. The veteran southpaw went ahead with throwing today even though Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he had discomfort during his bullpen session earlier this week.

Rodriguez’s contract includes a $13 million player option for next season, which he’ll almost certainly exercise, but the Pirates won’t get much bang for their buck if he requires the worst-case scenario of Tommy John surgery. On the bright side, the Astros are set to pay $5.5 million of that total per the terms of their trade last year.

  1. Stiller43 - Aug 23, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Balls.

  2. sfbookreviews - Aug 23, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    This is horrible news for Bucco fans. With Jeff Locke starting to lag due to never having thrown this many innings and Gerrit Cole having his innings watched closely, I was truly hoping Wandy would be back in case Locke or Cole (heaven forbid both) needs to be shut down. And that doesn’t even touch on a lost season in 2014 if he has Tommy John.

    Ugh.

  3. bluesoxbaseball - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    I wonder if fans hang-out in Dr. Andrews’ lobby for autograph opportunities.

  4. 13arod - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    On my fansty team

  5. moogro - Aug 25, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    His head is really big above the eyebrows. Makes me feel like I’m on acid man mars attacks

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