Wandy Rodriguez was scratched from Tuesdays start against Philadelphia because of tendinitis in his shoulder. The Astros don’t seem to be worried about tendinitis affecting his pitching and expect him to be in top form this season.
Rodriguez has made three starts this spring, throwing 8 2/3 innings and allowing 12 hits and nine runs. He leads the Astros this spring with 7 strikeouts.
Rodriguez is a key part of a Houston rotation that was not given much run support as the Astros sat at the bottom of the National League in most major batting statistics in 2010. Rodriguez, who made 32 starts last season, won just 11 games. In 195 innings pitched last season, Rodriguez finished with a 3.68 ERA, which ranks him 36th among all MLB pitchers. He was ranked 29th in the Majors with 178 strikeouts.
Rodriguez is one of the Astros bright spots, but the health of his throwing arm is vital. Astros fans should only be concerned if the shoulder problem persists as the start of the regular season nears.