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First Pitch: Who Could Step Into the Rotation if Wandy Goes on the DL?

First Pitch: Who Could Step Into the Rotation if Wandy Goes on the DL?

At the start of the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to have a great situation at the top of their rotation. A.J. Burnett had made 31+ starts each year since 2008. Wandy Rodriguez had made 30+ starts each year since 2009. They looked like guys who could give the Pirates a full seasons worth of starts, while potentially putting up 200 innings each.

Rodriguez left tonight's game with tightness in his left hamstring in the third inning. It's unknown how serious the injury is, or whether he will need a trip to the disabled list, since the injury will be reevaluated tomorrow. The Pirates do have some options if Rodriguez does miss some time. That doesn't mean those options will replicate the numbers Rodriguez was capable of, but it does mean they won't be relying on Jeanmar Gomez to step into the rotation. Here is a breakdown of each available starter.

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Gerrit Cole - The obvious name that will come up is Gerrit Cole. He's the top prospect in the system, and has the ...

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