It seems like a lifetime since Pittsburgh Pirates (and former Houston Astros) left-hander Wandy Rodriguez was considered to be one of the best starting pitchers in the National League, but his long term downturn continued on Monday, as he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation.
RHP Jared Hughes has been recalled from @indyindians & Wandy Rodriguez has been placed on the 15-day DL due to right knee inflammation.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 21, 2014
With the Astros during a four-year stretch from 2009 through 2012, Rodriguez threw 190 innings or more with the highest ERA being 3.76, but since arriving in Pittsburgh, things haven’t gone quite as smoothly, punctuated by some significant struggles this season. In 20 innings across 4 starts, the 35-year-old Rodriguez has posted a 7.65 ERA, and it hasn’t been all luck, either, as the peripherals (6.93 FIP, 3.15 home runs per 9 innings) indicate that he has been wholly ineffective.
The injury announcement that places Wandy on the DL is potentially an explanation for his struggles, however, and the Pirates will certainly need him in order to make another playoff run. Stay tuned.