The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Wandy Rodriguez off of the 15-day disabled list. To make room, they have optioned Jaff Decker to Triple-A. Rodriguez was expected to b activated today, as he's the scheduled starter.
The move isn't a good one for the Pirates. In his two rehab starts, Rodriguez gave up ten earned runs on 11 hits in 8.2 innings of work, with a 7:6 K/BB ratio and three home runs. All of that came at the Double-A level. Prior to his injury, he had a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings in the majors, along with seven homers and a 16:6 K/BB ratio.
I don't see Rodriguez returning to the old Wandy Rodriguez, as he's shown no signs of that happening. It seems more likely that he'll continue to struggle until the Pirates replace him, which is what they should do right now with Brandon ...
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