PITTSBURGH -- Making his second rehab start Tuesday, left-hander Wandy Rodriguez had his ups and downs, any way you look at it.
Rodriguez, on the disabled list with right-knee inflammation, pitched into the sixth inning for Double-A Altoona, which Pirates manager Clint Hurdle considered the most critical aspect of the outing.
"He had six 'ups,' and that was as important as anything," Hurdle said. "And [according to] the report I got, he threw all his pitches. The first three innings were crisp ... nine up, nine down."
In the fourth, balls struck by Bowie's Christian Walker and Kyeong Kang were up: Both lifted three-run homers as the Baysox hung seven runs on Rodriguez in that inning.
"Leadoff walk in the fourth, then his delivery might've gotten rushed a little bit. The numbers are the numbers," said Hurdle, less interested in Rodriguez's pitching line than in how he rebounds physically from the outing. "The last time [following a May 1 start of 3 1/3 innings], the day-after recovery was the issue. We'll see how he responds this time."
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