Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes a Brief Return to the Lineup, Valle Leaves With Hand Injury
Dec15

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes a Brief Return to the Lineup, Valle Leaves With Hand Injury

On Sunday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson returned after missing seven weeks due to a right hand injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch. His return to the lineup didn’t last long though. After playing second base in the first inning(handling one grounder) and then grounding out to third base in the bottom of the inning, Hanson was replaced on defense to start the second. I was told during the game that he was under the...

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Wandy Rodriguez Placed on Unconditional Release Waivers
May30

Wandy Rodriguez Placed on Unconditional Release Waivers

Wandy Rodriguez has been placed on unconditional release waivers, the Pittsburgh Pirates have announced. This essentially cuts ties with Rodriguez, who will be released after he clears waivers. The Pirates designated Rodriguez for assignment last week, replacing him in the rotation with Brandon Cumpton. His numbers were poor, with a 6.75 ERA, and his velocity was down. He also struggled during two rehab starts in Altoona. The Pirates...

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First Pitch: Revisiting the Wandy Rodriguez Trade
May24

First Pitch: Revisiting the Wandy Rodriguez Trade

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment. Coincidentally, one day later, Rudy Owens made his Major League debut for the Houston Astros. Owens didn’t fare well, giving up five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work. But the end of Rodriguez’s tenure in Pittsburgh, and the debut of Owens give us a good chance to revisit the July 2012 trade. The Pirates sent Owens, Robbie Grossman, and...

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First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Cumpton, Josh Wall, Tyler Glasnow, 2014 Draft
May23

First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Cumpton, Josh Wall, Tyler Glasnow, 2014 Draft

The big news today was that the Pittsburgh Pirates┬ádesignated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment. That was a move I called for last night, along with several times over the last few weeks as Rodriguez was coming back from his injury. Rodriguez just didn’t look like he had it this year. The results were poor, the velocity was down, and there was nothing suggesting he would bounce back to anything that would make him worth holding on...

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Wandy Rodriguez Designated For Assignment, Russell Martin Activated From DL
May22

Wandy Rodriguez Designated For Assignment, Russell Martin Activated From DL

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...

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