The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated catcher Russell Martin from the disabled list and to make room on the active roster, they designated pitcher Wandy Rodriguez for assignment.
Wandy Rodriguez has struggled all season long, including a tough outing last night. In six starts, he has a 6.75 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. Despite spending time on the disabled list and making three minor league starts, Rodriguez has allowed ten homers this year in just 26.2 innings. In last night’s First Pitch article, we broke down why moving up from Rodriguez now was the right time.
Martin has been out since April 26th with a strained left hamstring. He must serve a one game suspension first before he can play. That stems from the Brewers/Pirates brawl on April 20th. The Pirates will likely return Tony Sanchez to Indianapolis once Martin’s suspension is over.