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Wandy Rodriguez is trying to make it back to the Pirates

Sep 13, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Out since early June with an elbow injury that was recently diagnosed as arthritis, Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez threw a simulated game yesterday.

Rodriguez has gotten this far into his recovery before–and actually made a minor-league rehab appearance earlier this month–only to suffer a setback and be shut down again several times. And another setback would likely mean the end of his season.

However, manager Clint Hurdle toldĀ George Von Benko of MLB.com that Rodriguez “seemed to be in a good place” during the simulated game and “he’s getting close” to a potential return from the DL. Of course, Rodriguez rejoining the team and being impressive enough to warrant a spot on the playoff roster–and perhaps in the playoff rotation–are two very different things.

Rodriguez will almost surely pick up his $13 million player option for 2014, so if nothing else making an appearance before the season ends could provide some optimism heading into the offseason.

  1. Stiller43 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Boy, a healthy WANDY would be a huge boost.

  2. mc1439 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Laugh all you want about what I’m going to say but he has world series experience and would love to see him get more of it and walk away with a championship this time.

  3. steelbeast725 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I agree getting him back would be huge for our rotation!

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