A SeanRod return? Pirates’ Sean Rodriguez close to resuming ‘game activity’ |

A SeanRod return? Pirates’ Sean Rodriguez close to resuming ‘game activity’

Chris Adamski
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
The Pirates' Sean Rodriguez walks from the field after making the final out in a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, at PNC Park.

Manager Clint Hurdle was asked if any of the minor leaguers in the organization could be summoned in an effort to jumpstart the Pittsburgh Pirates’ slumping offense.

Hurdle downplayed the suggestion that Jose Osuna, Pablo Reyes or any other player now at Triple-A would be better than anyone on the current 25-man roster in regards to lifting a lineup that has produced six runs over its past six games.

But then, unsolicited, Hurdle mentioned someone whom the organization apparently believes could.

“You’ve got one in-house, right here; Sean Rodriguez is getting ready to (come off) the DL,” Hurdle said, referring to the .163-hitting, 33-year-old super-utility player .

Rodriguez has been on the disabled list since Aug. 7 – when Adeiny Hechavarria reported following his trade from Tampa Bay. That day, Rodriguez was placed on the disabled list for what the Pirates characterized as a left abdominal strain .

“We are in the final stages of having conversations with Sean, (general manager Neal Huntington) and Clint about what the next steps are, as in engaging in some type of game activity,” Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday afternoon while Rodriguez took batting practice at PNC Park. “He has responded to his short rehab.”

Since May 22, Rodriguez is hitting .132 (9 for 68) with 28 strikeouts and six errors in 29 games.

He also spent between June 25-July 20 on the disabled list for what the team reported was a right quadriceps strain.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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