Wandy Rodriguez threw his first bullpen of Spring Training, throwing 28 pitches. After the day was over, Rodriguez met with the media, and before any questions were asked, he offered up a comment.
“I have good news for you guys. After my bullpen I felt nothing, so I feel very good,” Rodriguez said.
The lefty used all of his pitches today, throwing a few curveballs at the end. He only threw three or four, with the plan to increase the usage of that pitch as the Spring goes on. Rodriguez had thrown in the Dominican a bit, but he hadn’t thrown too many bullpens, so today was a bit of a change in his routine. The main focus this off-season was resting his forearm, which kept suffering setbacks last season.
“They told me ‘rest the most you can’,” Rodriguez said, of how he approached the off-season.
He noted that he felt nervous today before the bullpen, but said he feels more comfortable every time he throws. The Pirates have Rodriguez throwing like everyone else, with the difference being that he will be taking two days off before his next bullpen, with everyone else taking one day off between bullpen sessions.