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Rodriguez has pretty much already secured a spot in the Braves' Opening Day rotation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "...I think the chances of (Rodriguez) making this club are really, really good," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "No matter whether he give up 10 runs (Friday) or throws a one-hitter. Because you like what you've seen, you like what he's done in the past, and so yeah, as far as today -- just let him go out and pitch."

Rodriguez blanked the Astros over four innings Saturday, giving him seven scoreless frames since his lackluster one-inning spring debut back on March 4. It sounds like Gonzalez has already penciled the veteran lefty in for the No. 4 starter role, leaving Eric Stults, Mike Foltynewicz, Manny Banuelos and Cody Martin to compete for Mike Minor's vacated rotation spot. Rodriguez was limited to just six starts last season with the Pirates due to a knee injury.

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Rodriguez gave up two hits and three walks while striking out two over four scoreless innings against the Astros on Saturday.

The veteran lefty struggled in his first Grapefruit League outing, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in one inning, but he's spun seven consecutive scoreless frames since. Rodriguez is making a strong case for one of the Braves' final two rotation spots, having created some distance between himself and youngsters Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos early on. Foltynewicz and Banuelos both failed to make it out of the first inning in their respective split-squad games Friday.

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Rodriguez (knee) will start the Braves' Grapefruit League opener Wednesday against the Mets, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The left-hander is slated to go two innings in what will be his first live action since May 21. Knee issues derailed Rodriguez's 2014 campaign, but he did not have any further problems in winter ball and reportedly impressed manager Fredi Gonzalez during a bullpen session last week. Rodriguez is competing with Eric Stults, Mike Foltynewicz and Manny Banuelos for the final rotation spot this spring.

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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez mentioned Rodriguez (knee) as a candidate for the final rotation spot, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Mike Foltynewicz and Eric Stults seem like the early favorites for the job, but Rodriguez and Manny Banuelos will also get a chance to compete. The big question mark surrounding Rodriguez is the health of his right knee, which he had operated on in May, ending his season after just six starts. He then failed his physical with the Phillies in late December.

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Rodriguez agreed to a minor league deal, which includes a spring training invite, with the Braves on Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Rodriguez was close to signing with the Phillies in December but failed a physical, so the deal was never finalized. The 35-year-old has dealt with several injuries over the past two seasons, which have limited him to just 18 major league starts, but he's believed to have a chance to compete for the fifth starting spot in the Braves' rotation in spring training. He'll likely be in competition with David Hale, James Russell and Chien-Ming Wang for the position. Rodriguez's contract will pay him a $2 million base salary, which is prorated based upon time spent on the organization's major league roster.

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Rodriguez (knee) has agreed to a minor league contract with the Phillies, CSNPhilly.com reports.

The deal is pending a physical, which in this case, could be a significant hurdle. Rodriguez was limited to just 12 appearances in 2013 due to a forearm injury and started all of six games last season before undergoing knee surgery. However, if healthy come spring, Rodriguez will likely compete for a spot at the back of the Phillies' rotation.

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Rodriguez (knee) will pitch in winter ball, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.

While the left-hander struggled mightily in six starts with the Pirates to begin the year (6.75 ERA, 1.69 WHIP), his troubles can likely be attributed at least in part to the knee issues. He had the knee surgically repaired in May, officially ending his season, but Rodriguez will be healthy enough to audition for teams this winter, as he looks to prove he can still be of some value to a major league club.

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Wandy Rodriguez underwent season-ending surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

And now we know why Rodriguez has been a free agent for a month now without a whiff of interest. It's not clear what exact procedure was performed, but Rodriguez will need 5-6 month to rehab and hopes to be 100 percent for spring training. The veteran left-hander posted a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings this season for the Pirates before being released.

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Pirates placed LHP Wandy Rodriguez on unconditional release waivers.

The veteran southpaw was pounded in 26 2/3 innings this season, registering a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. He'll look to continue his career elsewhere if he can find another team willing to take a chance on him, but it will certainly have to be on a minor league pact.

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Pirates designated LHP Wandy Rodriguez for assignment.

It was a necessary move. Rodriguez allowed six runs (one earned) in just 1 2/3 innings in his latest turn through the Pirates' rotation and will depart having registered a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP this season in 26 2/3 total frames. The veteran left-hander had been trying to pitch through an arthritic elbow and will likely pass through waivers. He is still owed about $8 million.