Wandy Rodriguez will visit Dr. James Andrews. Photo credit: David Hague
Earlier today I spoke with James McDonald at Pirate City, talking about his injury this year and his rehab work. McDonald mentioned that he had trouble getting his arm loose early in the year, and felt "constricted". He originally thought it was dead arm, then told the Pirates when the condition got worse.
Later this evening, it was announced that Wandy Rodriguez would visit Dr. James Andrews after experiencing pain during a sim game. Rodriguez had felt pain before in his rehab work, which does raise a question why he was throwing so soon when he experienced pain before.
In each case the Pirates are in a tough situation. Only the pitcher can tell if he's in pain. And in each case, you can see why the pitchers wouldn't want to speak up right away.
In McDonald's case, dead arm is very common. This article is a few years old (Francisco Liriano is in a Twins jersey in the video), but still relevant in discu...
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