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Pirates shut down Wandy Rodriguez for season

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Wandy Rodriguez's season is over.
Wandy Rodriguez's season is over. (USATSI)

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Pirates starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez has thrown his last pitch this season -- including possibly the postseason -- the Pirates announced Saturday in a statement.

Here's the press release sent out by the Pirates, via general manager Neal Huntington:

The Pittsburgh Pirates have decided to shut down Wandy Rodriguez due to continuing pain and discomfort in his left forearm. Wandy has worked diligently to return to action but despite all Wandy's and our medical staffs' work and efforts, he has not been able to return to pitch without pain. We have decided that it is in Wandy's best interests and the Pirates' best interests to allow more time for the injury to the flexor tendon in his left forearm to heal and to shift our focus from a return in 2013 to having Wandy ready for Opening Day 2014.

Rodriguez threw a simulated game last Thursday and was targeting a return from the 60-day disabled list, but obviously his forearm hasn't reacted favorably.

Rodriguez, 34, ends the season 6-4 with a 3.59 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 46 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings. His 12th and final start of the season came back on June 5, in a loss to the Braves.

Rodriguez has a $13 million option for next season. It was a club option when he initially signed with the Astros, but it became a player option once he was traded to the Pirates. Obviously he'll exercise that, and take note the Pirates are already discussing having him for opening day, 2014.

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