Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bradenton 2014 Throwing a Changeup Starting Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, Who Last Pitched in the Majors June 5 Because of an Injury in His Left Forearm, Says He Felt Fine and, More Important, No Pain during His First Bullpen Session This Spring

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bradenton 2014 Throwing a Changeup Starting Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, Who Last Pitched in the Majors June 5 Because of an Injury in His Left Forearm, Says He Felt Fine and, More Important, No Pain during His First Bullpen Session This Spring

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Wandy Rodriguez threw his first bullpen session Friday without feeling any pain in his left forearm, where an injury to the flexor tendon forced him to miss the final four months of the 2013 season.

"I have good news for you guys," Rodriguez told reporters after the session. "I threw my bullpen and I feel nothing."

Rodriguez, 35, left his June 5 start in the first inning and did not pitch again in the major leagues last season. He began a rehabilitation assignment in late June, but tightness in the forearm forced him to stop. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection July 1 and rested.

He resumed throwing off a mound in August, but went to see orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. Andrews confirmed that there was inflammation, and Rodriguez started throwing again, but the Pirates shut him down for good in mid- September.

Doctors told Rodriguez to rest the forearm over the winter. When he started his weightlifting regimen, his forearm felt strong, so he continued. He threw over the winter in the Dominican Republic, but this was his first bullpen session of the year.

"I was a little bit nervous because I wanted to know exactly how I feel," he said. "Every time I throw, I feel more comfortable."

Rodriguez threw 28 pitches, including fastballs, changeups and curveballs, and also threw curveballs while playing catch.

"He looked good," pitching coach Ray Searage said. "There was no hesitation whatsoever in his throwing, his delivery. Ball came out good."

Rodriguez will take two days off between bullpen sessions, meaning his next scheduled session is Monday. Most pitchers are throwing bullpen sessions followed by one day off, with lighter 'touch-and-feel' sessions mixed in.

"We'll go from 'pen to 'pen to see how he feels, so this way we can add or subtract or just hold our own after that 'pen," Searage said.

The bullpen session came as part the second official workout of spring training, rendering it useless in terms of foreshadowing Rodriguez's readiness for opening day. …

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