Wandy Rodriguez SP PIT 1 Day

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle admitted Tuesday that the club is keeping an eye on Wandy Rodriguez's velocity.

Rodriguez is averaging 87.5 mph with his fastball, which is down about two mph. And not only is his heater down a couple ticks, he's been missing his spots. "The mistakes are getting covered and getting hit over the wall," Hurdle said. "It's a challenging time for him." Hurdle thinks Rodriguez could get his velocity back once the weather warms up, and the feeling is that the left has some leash before the club considers booting him from the rotation.

Wandy Rodriguez SP PIT 2 Days

Wandy Rodriguez gave up six runs in five innings Monday versus the Reds.

Rodriguez gave up three of the 10 homers that were hit in the six innings before the game was suspended. He's sitting on a 7.31 ERA after three starts, and the Pirates are going to have to seriously think about moving on from him and giving Jeff Locke a shot before much longer. Pitching with an arthritic elbow, Rodriguez's stuff just isn't what it used to be.

Wandy Rodriguez SP PIT 7 Days

Wandy Rodriguez got the loss in Wednesday's start against the Cubs, allowing four runs in five innings.

The Cubs were squaring up Rodriguez well, victimizing him for two home runs. Overall, Rodriguez allowed nine hits and walked three while striking out six. Rodriguez is pitching through elbow problems, so starts of his caliber should be expected. He'll face the Reds on the road next.

Wandy Rodriguez SP PIT 14 Days

Wandy Rodriguez surrendered three earned runs in six innings Thursday in a loss to the Cubs.

Rodriguez yielded runs in the first, second, and third innings in an unimpressive 2014 debut. He struck out five batters and issued just one walk, but the balls he left over the plate were just far too hittable. The left-hander is trying to pitch with an arthritic elbow and the experiment is doubtful to go smoothly. The Pirates probably should have signed some reliable starting pitching this offseason.

Wandy Rodriguez SP PIT 22 Days

Wandy Rodriguez allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings and homered Tuesday in a win over the Blue Jays.

The wind was wreaking some havoc today, but Rodriguez survived and recorded his first win of the spring. The Pirates have to be pleased with how he's thrown this spring as he attempts to pitch with an arthritic elbow. We're not convinced that he'll have much fantasy value, but he looks like a better bet now than he did a month ago.

Wandy Rodriguez SP PIT 28 Days

Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run over four innings of work against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Wandy allowed four hits and a walk, striking out two in the outing. The run is the only one he's allowed in seven innings of work this spring. He's on track to be part of the Pirates' rotation come Opening Day.

Wandy Rodriguez SP PIT 1 Month

Wandy Rodriguez (elbow) pitched a couple of scoreless innings, striking out two, versus the Twins on Friday.

Rodriguez probably isn't pitching 200 innings or anything close to it this year, but he's giving reason for hope that he can be a part of the Opening Day rotation. If he makes it through the spring, he'll be worth trying in NL-only leagues anyway.

Wandy Rodriguez SP PIT 2 Months

Wandy Rodriguez yielded an unearned run in his inning of work Saturday as the Pirates and Rays played to a 2-2 tie in 10 innings.

Rodriguez struck out two and didn't allow a hit, though he did hit a batter. Rodriguez will have to spend the rest of his career dealing with arthritis in his pitching elbow. The Pirates are hoping he can serve as their fourth starter, but they do have alternatives.

Wandy Rodriguez SP PIT 2 Months

Wandy Rodriguez (elbow) threw a session of live batting practice on Thursday in Pirates camp.

Rodriguez is taking a slower approach to his spring throwing program than most of the other pitchers in camp with the Bucs after ending the 2013 campaign with arthritis in his left elbow. He's aiming to be ready for the start of the 2014 regular season, but it's no sure thing at this point. Wandy was limited to 12 starts last year.

Wandy Rodriguez SP PIT 2 Months

Wandy Rodriguez (elbow) will throw once every three days early on in camp before being re-evaluated.

The other Pirates' pitchers are throwing every other day, but the club wants Rodriguez to get extra rest after ended last season with arthritis in his elbow. The left-hander looks to be in line to be ready for the start of the season at this point, but Opening Day is still a ways away.