Wandy Rodriguez has exercised his player option. (Photo by: David Hague)

Wandy Rodriguez Placed on the Disabled List

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation, and have recalled Jared Hughes from Triple-A.

Considering the struggles from Rodriguez, it would be fair to speculate whether this injury is a phantom move, giving him a break. So far he has a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings, but the bigger concern is that his average velocity is down over a full MPH.

Hughes is probably up in the short-term to provide bullpen depth, since the Pirates don’t need a starter to replace Rodriguez until Thursday.

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  • Lee Young

    ” it would be fair to speculate whether this injury is a phantom move, giving him a break. ”

    my thoughts exactly! then he gets a rehab, right?

    • lonleylibertarian

      Give him a break? – A break from what? He is DONE – time to pull the plug on him. Cumpton deserved his slot based on his spring – and has continued to pitch well enough to deserve the opportunity!

  • johndw28

    What are percentages Cumpton or Pimental gets next start? I’m guessing Locke unlikely as he is throwing tonight.

    I’d say 80/20 cumpton

    • emjayinTN

      IMO, you have the right pitchers, but the exact opposite odds – I favor Pimental 80-20 because we need to see what he is going to be worth to us. We already know or should know that Cumpton can step into this Rotation any time, but he has the options whereas the others do not. Hughes plugs the BP allowing Pimental the time to prep for the start.

      • johndw28

        Oh I agree with you. I would much rather get a look at Stolmy in starter’s spot and now that you mention it perhaps that is what they will do.

  • Nate James

    Tim, does that suggest that pimental or Gomez will start on Thursday since they brought Hughes up?

  • S Brooks

    I guess they didn’t want to use the “toe” excuse in back to back seasons. You can only pull that one out so often…

  • Thom

    There’s definitely something not right. Hitters are killing his curveball. That never happens.

  • freddylang

    Pimentel. Spelled Pimentel.

  • moose7195

    If Wandy’s number was 53 and the back of his jersey said “McDonald”, I’d have think Tim accidentally uploaded the same article from 2013.

  • Andrew

    Everyone who wants to see Pimentel is aware that he didn’t make an appearances for two weeks and then he barely threw harder than 90 mph is his last two appearances and could not find the strike zone. Not sure I want to see him in a spot start.

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