The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to stun the baseball world with their improbable run throughout the first half of the season on their way to the best record in Major League Baseball. While most things are going well for the Buccos, there is one little issue that continues to affect their pitching rotation.
Starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez was attempting his return from the disabled list with Triple-A Indianapolis with his next start scheduled for Monday, but the Pirates have decided to shut him down because of a setback due to some tightness in his forearm.
From Tod Singer of MLB.com:
And Wandy Rodriguez has been shut down after experiencing tightness in forearm in most recent throwing session. #Pirates
— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) June 29, 2013
Throughout his ten starts this season, Rodriguez has a 3.59 ERA and 46/12 K/BB ratio.
Fellow starting pitcher A.J. Burnett is also working his way back from the disabled-list, which puts a big dent in the team’s starting rotation.
On a positive note for the Pirates, rookie Gerrit Cole has been doing a phenomenal job in the first few starts of his MLB career.