Wandy Rodriguez is trying to make it back to the Pirates

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Out since early June with an elbow injury that was recently diagnosed as arthritis, Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez threw a simulated game yesterday.

Rodriguez has gotten this far into his recovery before–and actually made a minor-league rehab appearance earlier this month–only to suffer a setback and be shut down again several times. And another setback would likely mean the end of his season.

However, manager Clint Hurdle told George Von Benko of MLB.com that Rodriguez “seemed to be in a good place” during the simulated game and “he’s getting close” to a potential return from the DL. Of course, Rodriguez rejoining the team and being impressive enough to warrant a spot on the playoff roster–and perhaps in the playoff rotation–are two very different things.

Rodriguez will almost surely pick up his $13 million player option for 2014, so if nothing else making an appearance before the season ends could provide some optimism heading into the offseason.

Red Sox add Drew Pomeranz, drop Brandon Workman from the World Series roster

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The Boston Red Sox just released their World Series roster and it contains one notable change: pitcher Drew Pomeranz has made it, pitcher Brandon Workman is off.

Pomeranz did not pitch in either the ALDS or ALCS following a season in which he went 2-6 in 26 games, 11 of which were starts, with a 6.08 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 66/44 in 74 innings. That was pretty horrendous but . . . I guess he’s fresh?

Workman, meanwhile, pitched in two ALDS games and one ALCS games, going only a third of an inning each outing. He was shelled in Game 1 of the ALCS, the Sox’ only loss, allowing four runs on three hits and walking two batters. Given that outing and his lack of use in Games 2-5, it’s pretty clear that he’s lost Cora’s confidence.

Also off the World Series roster: knuckleballer Steven Wright, who has been suffering from achey knees. As was the case in the ALCS, Heath Hembree will get the call over him.

Here’s the entire roster, as just released by the Red Sox: