CHICAGO — Turbulence in the Pirates' bullpen may be responsible for an injury to one of their seven relievers. Right-hander Richard Rodriguez, who pitched or warmed up in five of the past six games, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation Friday.
The Pirates recalled right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas, who had a 1.17 ERA in 23 innings at Triple-A Indianapolis, to take Rodriguez's spot on the 25-man roster, and he is expected to be active for today's game against the Cubs.
"Shoot, it's been five out of six days [Rodriguez has pitched]," Clint Hurdle told reporters at Wrigley Field. "I think it flared up the last 48 hours, but I've either put him on the mound to get ready or he's pitched in five out of six days. It's never happened in the eight years I've been here. Unfortunately, it's the collateral damage of other guys not being able to finish innings. Some of it's on me, and I think it's a situation similar to spring training."