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Wandy Rodriguez

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the midst of their first winning season in twenty years. While the team is poised for their first playoff appearance in a generation, things haven’t gone quite as well for former Astro Wandy Rodriguez. Yesterday the Pirates announced that Wandy will not pitch again this season.

Forearm tightness forced Rodriguez from the game in the first inning of his June 5th start in Atlanta. Wandy suffered a setback in his recovery during his lone rehab start at AAA and hasn’t pitched since. In twelve starts this season Rodriguez was 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.117 WHIP. The Pirates will have to decide if they want to pick up Wandy’s $13 million option for 2014 or exercise their $2.5 million buyout and allow him to become a Free Agent.