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Pirates expect Wandy to mesh well in clubhouse

Pirates expect Wandy to mesh well in clubhouse

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Pirates expect Wandy to mesh well in clubhouse
PITTSBURGH -- Wandy Rodriguez will make his next start in a Pirates uniform.

But how the new left-handed starter will impact the team's rotation is unclear. Rodriguez hasn't officially been added to Pittsburgh's roster, instead waiting to do so until the Pirates head to Houston on Thursday.

Before Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs, manager Clint Hurdle talked about the acquisition of Rodriguez and how he will mesh in the clubhouse.

"I think we've got some great diversity out there to help him along the way," Hurdle said. "He doesn't master English. He's more comfortable with Spanish. We have plenty of people who speak Spanish.

"A lot of it will be on how quickly we can get him to get comfortable. That's always going to be a challenge."

Hurdle said Rodriguez's grasp of English shouldn't preclude him from throwing to Michael McKenry. But to ensure there are no communication complications, Rod Barajas will be present for a number of game-planning activities.

In 21 starts this season, Rodriguez is 7-9 with a 3.79 ERA. He's thrown 130 2/3 innings while issuing 32 walks and striking out 89.

Hurdle said he spoke to Rodriguez following the Pirates' 5-1 loss on Tuesday.

"It was good to hear his voice," Hurdle said. "I told him I've been trying to figure ways to beat him since he got in the league, so it's nice to join forces."

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