Rodriguez has arthritis in his left elbow

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Wandy Rodriguez said a recent visit to noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews revealed he had arthritis in his left elbow, and the left-handed pitcher said it is still painful when he pitches.

"It's a different pain," Rodriguez said. "It feels like it's in the bone."

But Rodriguez, who threw a bullpen today, said he will try to pitch through the pain with hopes of rejoining the active roster this month, possibly as a reliever.

"We need to weigh how I feel with their (thoughts)," he said. "It's still the same pain, so maybe I'll go to the bullpen. I don't know. They'll make a decision."

The pain is frustrating, Rodriguez said, and a little scary. He has been instructed to rest, he said, but he is growing tired of that after being placed on the disabled list June 6.

"It's a hard situation for me," he said. "It's the first time I've been on the DL like that, for three months. Never in my career. I've missed like 15 days, but no more. I see how my team's playing right now, it's very hard."

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Michael Sanserino: First Published September 1, 2013 3:45 PM


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