Pirates' Sean Rodriguez has personally apologized to cooler after dugout beatdown
OCT 8, 3:53p ET | Brett Smiley
Rotowire: Oct 7 / 12:10p ET
News: Rodriguez is starting at first base in the Wild Card matchup against the Cubs.
Impact: Rodriguez, mainly relegated to a pinch-hit role during the month of September, will get the start over Pedro Alvarez at first base and hit eighth in the lineup with manager Clint Hurdle ever conscious of the Alvarez's defensive woes this season. Considering his lack of power, Rodriguez will likely give way to a pinch-hitter at some point in the contest, but he should at least get a few at-bats against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta before that happens.
Rotowire: Sep 7 / 8:35a ET
News: Rodriguez will start at shortstop Monday afternoon in Cincinnati, Stehen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Rodriguez hit a two-run homer Sunday and has 12 hits in his last 19 at-bats. He's made just two appearances at shortstop in 115 games played in 2015.
Rotowire: Sep 5 / 7:18p ET
News: Rodriguez went 3-for-4 Saturday and is batting .408 since the beginning of August.
Impact: Despite the run, Rodriguez has no homers or stolen bases and just four RBI since July. His playing time is not guaranteed, so teams interested in using him need to check daily lineups. For the season, Rodriguez is slashing .254/.282/.353 with three homers and 10 RBI in 201 at-bats.