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Wandy Rodriguez Does Not Expect to Go on Disabled List

Pirates left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez told Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he has inflammation in his left arm and not a more serious injury.

Rodriguez left his start Thursday in the 1st inning with forearm tightness, and he pointed to his left elbow when attended to by a trainer on the mound. He returned to Pittsburgh for further testing.

UPDATE: More from Sanserino, since he is on the ball right now.

Dan Potash of ROOT Sports also says Rodriguez will throw a bullpen session Monday, June 10. If Rodriguez does not expect to go on the 15-day disabled list, his timetable would indicate returning soon after throwing in the bullpen.

Analysis

The fact that Rodriguez (3.59 ERA, 4.44 FIP, 17.7 K%, 4.6 BB%) did not suffer a more serious elbow injury is tremendous news for the Pirates. Pitcher Jeanmar Gomez left after one inning of his start Sunday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm inflammation. Pittsburgh is still without right-handed pitchers Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens and James McDonald.

Morton could return soon, though, and the Pirates would be able to go with a four-man rotation of Morton, A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano and Jeff Locke until June 15 because of off-days. Rodriguez should not feel a need to rush back if Morton is ready, or if not Morton, someone else is available to make a spot start Tuesday. If Gerrit Cole is not needed, he may remain in Triple-A a little longer.

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James Santelli

James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person. Google

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