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Wandy Rodriguez says he’s ready for spring training

Feb 9, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

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Wandy Rodriguez started off strong for the Pirates, posting a 3.47 ERA through his first 11 starts of the 2013 season. He retired just one batter in his next start on June 5 against the Braves, however, and soon after went on the disabled list with a strained left forearm. He would spend the rest of the season on the DL.

There was some uncertainty about his readiness with spring training drawing near, but the 35-year-old left-hander says he’ll be ready for day one of spring training according to Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune-Review. Rodriguez has been working out at his home in the Dominican Republic.

Biertempfel notes that, because the Pirates have two early off days on April 1 and 7, they could push Rodriguez’s season debut back to April 14’s series opener in Cincinnati.

  1. Stiller43 - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Need a solid season from wandy…especially assuming burnett doesnt come back. Hope he can come back strong!

  2. apkyletexas - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    If he can help get us to the midway point, hopefully the cavalry will arrive in the form of flame-thrower Jameson Taillon with his near-triple-digit cannon and vicious curveball moving up from AAA.

  3. musketmaniac - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    waisted season on the wbc. I don’t think we’ll see tailon til September. without A.j we have five starters back. Liriano, Cole, Morton, Wandy, Locke, add Volquez. if thats not enough I think a few guys will get a chance before Tailon. lets hope we wake up on the morning with a new first baseman.

    • apkyletexas - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      Yeah, that WBC is about the stupidest thing Selig ever came up with.

      I mean, besides all the other stupider things he came up with.

  4. musketmaniac - Feb 10, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    you would think it would be a no brainer, not to start pitchers that early or hard.

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