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The Pirates have shut Wandy Rodriguez down for the season

Sep 14, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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The Pirates have shut down starter Wandy Rodriguez for the remainder of the year, per Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune. Rodriguez has been dealing with arthritis in his left elbow. He threw a 67-pitch simulated game on Thursday, but that was all the Pirates needed to see to make their decision.

Biertempfel also tweeted that Rodriguez is refusing to receive a cortisone injection, but is considering a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Rodriguez hasn’t pitched since leaving in the first inning on June 5 against the Braves. His season ends with a 3.59 ERA in 62.2 innings spanning 12 starts. The Pirates have a $13.5 million option and a $2.5 million buy-out left on Rodriguez’s contract to consider for the 2014 season. Part of that $13.5 million, $5.5 million to be exact, would be paid by the Astros, who traded Rodriguez to Pittsburgh on July 24 last year.

  1. Stiller43 - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    This is crap news.

  2. e5tolife - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Wandy is just there for the paycheck. Definitely not worth 13.5 mil.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    paying 8 million next year is chump change. this guy is good and you need somthing just in case Burnett decides to retire.

  4. roanboon - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Prediction: Wandy Rodriguez will be a Brewer before he retires. I can’t explain why… just seems like destiny.

  5. steelers88 - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Sigh.

  6. The Blitzburgh Press - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Reblogged this on BlitzburghPress.com.

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