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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