Originally written August 23, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
It's as bad as it sounds.  While Dr. James Andrews has been seeing patients who ultimately do not need to undergo extensive season-ending surgeries lately, he still sees his fair share of season-enders.  In Wandy Rodriguez's case, it feels like a season-ending visit.  Rodriguez will head off to see Dr. Andrews after his simulated game yesterday went poorly.  He felt additional soreness and discomfort in his forearm that the team feels needs further examination by someone with Dr. Andrews' expertise. According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, Rodriguez is still in the diagnosis phase of his injury.  This is just the most recent example of a setback in his recovery since he originally went on the DL with a forearm strain.  The forearm can be affected by a number of things, so it's possible that there is a more significant injury underlying the forearm injury.  We won't know until Dr. Andrews takes a closer look. Rodriguez has been a solid part of the Pirates' pitching staff since the team acquired him last season.  Of course, the club has been doing pretty well in his absence.  It's possible that not having him for the rest of the year - if that is what ends up happening - could have much less impact than would be expected.  While Rodriguez's sub-4.00 ERA would be nice to have, the Pirates just keep winning. Rodriguez went on the DL on June 5th.  The Pirates were third in the division at 35-25 at that point.  Since then, the Pirates have claimed first place and are 75-52.  So it's safe to say they've done alright without the 34-year old veteran.  That's not to say they wouldn't like to have him, of course.  They would. Rodriguez has nine years of Major League experience under his belt.  In his career, he has a 91-92 record to go along with a 4.01 ERA.  Rodriguez spent the majority of his career with the Houston Astros. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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