Wandy Rodriguez will not pitch again this season after 3 1/2 months of rest and rehabilitation could not remove the pain in his left forearm.
"I don't feel 100 percent pain free so I don't think I can go out there and give my best to the team," said Rodriguez, with bullpen coach Euclides Rojas translating.
Rodriguez went on the DL June 11, retroactive to June 6, because of an injury to the flexor tendon in his left forearm. Rodriguez subsequently went on two different rehab assignments, received a platelet-rich plasma injection and sought a second opinion from orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
Rodriguez said earlier this month that Andrews diagnosed arthritis in his left forearm. A Pirates press release Saturday said the injury was to Rodriguez's left flexor tendon.
Rodriguez said Andrews, through Rodriguez's agent, recommended a cortisone injection, but Rodriguez will not receive one.
"The cortisone is only to kill the pain but it is not to heal the real injury," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez could try another PRP injection. He was unsure about whether surgery was an option.
Rodriguez holds a $13 million player option for the 2014 season, though the Houston Astros are paying $5.5 million of that. He said he has not thought about whether to exercise the option.
"The more important thing is the health of my arm," he said. "That's what I'll focus on. I'm not even thinking about that."
First Published September 14, 2013 9:00 PM