May 31, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez (51) throws a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds during the fourth inning at PNC Park. The Cincinnati Reds won 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Wandy Rodriguez making progress

A report from Pittsburgh Tribune reporter Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) indicates that Pittsburgh Pirates lefty Wandy Rodriguez is well on the road to recovery.

Rodriguez, who will be going into his age 35 season, was shut down halfway through the 2013 season due to forearm pain, having made only 12 starts for the Bucs. During that time, he went 6-4, posting a 3.59 ERA. The season prior, in which he started with the Houston Astros before being traded to Pittsburgh, Wandy put up a 12-13 record with a 3.76 ERA in 33 total starts.

He was asked if he was going to be ready to go when Pitchers and Catchers report and gave a safe answer.

I feel good,” Rodriguez [said]. “My mechanics are OK. But let me wait (before saying more) until I start to throw hard. I hope I can start throwing bullpens in a couple [of] more weeks.


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