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Pirates activate Russell Martin, designate Wandy Rodriguez for assignment

May 22, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin is back off the disabled list after missing the past month with a strained hamstring and to make room for him on the roster the Pirates have designated for assignment left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has struggled to pitch through an arthritic elbow all season, posting a 6.75 ERA in six starts, and previously spent time on the disabled list. He actually pitched well in his first start back off the DL last week, but Rodriguez allowed six runs without making it out of the second inning yesterday against the Orioles to apparently convince the Pirates he wasn’t going to contribute positively any longer.

Rodriguez was acquired from the Astros in mid-2012 and pitched well for the Pirates down the stretch that season and last season, but he’s repeatedly been limited by injuries. He’s owed $13 million this year, but Houston is on the hook for the majority of that and at age 35 with free agency around the corner he wasn’t going to be part of Pittsburgh’s plans beyond this season anyway.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - May 22, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Rodriguez was throwing softballs last night. O’s should have roughed him up for more than they did. His curveball was flat and the fastball was more like a change-up with zero break. O’s were sitting on breaking pitches because there was no fear of the fastball blowing by them. In fact, when they did get a fastball they went opposite field for doubles with it.

  2. tysonpunchinguterus - May 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Looks like this Wandy . . . . . . wasn’t magic. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!

  3. musketmaniac - May 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Sadly it looks like wandy is done. Millions of dollars to mow his lawn and watch baseball on tv. he’ll live

  4. hoopmatch - May 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Adios, Juan D. Rodriguez.

  5. musketmaniac - May 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    rooting on a Vance Worley call up. But Locke or cumpton will suffice

  6. hk62 - May 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Houston owes $5.5 mil and PIT has $5.75 mil remaining – so HOU doesn’t owe the majority, just a lot. Third highest salary for the Astros this season though (Wandy lives in Houston – maybe he can throw BP before games against lefties – lol).

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