Wandy Rodriguez has been shut down for the season. (Photo by: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates will be shutting down Wandy Rodriguez for the rest of the season, according to manager Clint Hurdle. Hurdle said that Rodriguez continues to pitch with "pain and discomfort".
I've written recently about how the playoff rotation could look if Rodriguez was able to come back. He threw a sim game on Thursday, throwing about 67 pitches. Obviously he's not fully healthy, and there's no chance of stretching him out more if he is still pitching with pain. Since Rodriguez can't return, Gerrit Cole is almost certain to make the playoff rotation. The only other option would be Jeff Locke, but Locke has been unreliable, and Cole has been much better than Locke in the second half.
Nate Barnes is at PNC Park, and will have more on this shortly.
UPDATE 4:26 p.m.: Manager Clint Hurdle announced that the Pirates conferred earlier this afternoon after head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk spoke wi...
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