Wandy Rodriguez

Wandy Rodriguez to Make an International League Rehab Start Tomorrow

Wandy Rodriguez

Wandy Rodriguez will make a rehab start tomorrow for Indianapolis. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Wandy Rodriguez will be making a rehab start tomorrow in the International League playoffs, which will be the second time Rodriguez has pitched a rehab game this year. Last time he threw four innings about two weeks after he went on the disabled list, then suffered a series of setbacks and never got back on the mound.

The Pirates have said that Rodriguez probably won’t return to a role where he could throw more than three innings out of the bullpen. There are three Pirates affiliates in the playoffs, but that won’t give Rodriguez enough time to get stretched out. Normally a pitcher goes three innings or 50 pitches his first time out, then follows that with four innings, five innings, and so on until he reaches the point where he can throw 100 pitches in a start. If Indianapolis advances, Rodriguez could make additional starts. However, they’d have to win the entire Triple-A playoffs to give him enough time to get fully stretched out. Right now they’re down 1-0 in a best of five series against Durham.

Jameson Taillon will take the mound after Rodriguez. Taillon was the originally scheduled starter.

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  • emjayinTN

    This rehab start is big in the future of the Pirates. Going down the last 20 games and hopefully the playoffs, the pitchers with experience tend to come to the forefront. Wandy also has a Player Option for 2014 for $13 or $14 mil, and he would be a fool not to exercise that option to try to use 2014 as a springboard to another contract offer as a free agent after 2014. The Astro’s will pick up at least half of that 2014 salary, so the Pirates get the benefit. If the Bucs and Burnett do not come to terms on anything for 2014, the add of Wandy back to the Rotation will be essential.

    • emjayinTN

      My bad – the Astro’s are paying $7.5 mil of his 2013 $13 mil salary; in 2014 his option is for $13 mil and the Pirates are on the hook for $7.5 mil, Astro’s $5.5 mil. Still a very excellent return on Wandy in 2012 and so far in 2013 for only $6.3 mil out of pocket for both seasons combined. I think he is 11-8, about a 3.50 ERA, @130 IP, 98K/36W. Of the players traded, neither of the LHSP’s did very well at all, but Robbie Grossman did earn a spot on the Astro’s Roster. With the number of OF already in place and a raft full of hot OF prospects a’comin, he would still be in AAA if he had remained with the Pirates, and trade bait from there.

      • buster09

        emjay : from what I have seen of Mel Rojas this past season,he may be as much of a candidate for MLB as Grossman was. He isn’t quite as selective a hitter,but he had a lot of gap power and was a good leadoff hitter till Hansen was promoted.

  • https://profiles.google.com/116255365477483987850 jalcorn

    Why can’t Wandy be stretched out in instructs? If its a matter of building up pitch count there would be numerous games to pitch in.

    • pitwalker18

      I was wondering why they can’t just stretch him out in simulated games or bullpen sessions

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