In each of the last four years, Neal Huntington has made a selection in the Rule 5 draft. In 2008 the Pirates selected Evan Meek. In 2009 it was Donald Veal. In 2010 they had John Raynor. This year the Pirates have shortstop Josh Rodriguez, selected from the Cleveland Indians. Each year the Pirates have opened the season with their Rule 5 pick on the roster, although that could change this year.
In Colin Dunlap's notes after Sunday's game with Tampa Bay, he noted the following:
From what Neal Huntington said in the pregame news conference, by mentioning that Josh Rodriguez would be in a good situation with the Cleveland Indians if he went back there with this Rule 5 deal, it seems likely Rodriguez is on the outside looking into a roster spot right now with the Pirates.
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