PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – On the heels of the Pirates extending their winning streak to nine games, Frank Coonelly joined Starkey, Miller and Mueller on The FAN to talk about the year the team is having and also provides an update on the injury to starter Wandy Rodriguez.

According to Coonelly, “Wandy had a PRP injection today and he will be no-throw for two to three weeks,  and then he’ll start to work up on a throwing progression.  Clearly it will be after the All-Star break when Wandy will be back.” 

Coonelly also went on to talk about the $14 million player option Rodriguez has for next year and how this injury may impact that.

When it comes to the performance of his team at the midway point of the season, Coonelly is happy with the progress his team has made and their ability to finish this year.

“I had a fan ask me at yesterday’s game why is this year so much different than any other year?” Coonelly recalled.  “What I believe and what I told him was that it’s really a culmination of a lot of work that’s gone in to building the organization from the ground up and that we started to see things happening positively for us two years ago and then took another step forward last year.”

Coonelly also discussed the year Pedro Alvarez is having, the level of surprise inside the organization at the production of Jeff Locke and a new promotional idea from broadcaster Greg Brown.

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