Rodriguez averaged 32 starts the last four years, but has been out since June 5. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Well, Gerrit Cole, it seems your spot in the rotation is safe for a while. The Pirates provided updates on their many injured pitchers:
Wandy Rodriguez has been shut down from pitching after continuing to feel left forearm tightness in a throwing session yesterday. He will be evaluated by the team's medical staff to "determine the next steps," the team said.
Minor league pitchers Kyle McPherson and Phil Irwin (right elbow pain) have both been shut down as well.
On the opposite end, A.J. Burnett (right calf strain) threw 38 pitches out of the bullpen Friday and the team is "happy with his progress," manager Clint Hurdle said. Burnett is scheduled to throw a simulated game Tuesday that will test his ability to field and cover first base.
Reliever Jared Hughes (right shoulder inflammation) also threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday "without incident" and ...
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