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Bucs put S-Rod on DL, call up RHP Anderson

Injury updates: Kuhl, Cervelli, Feliz, Kang
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NEW YORK -- The Pirates made a few roster moves Wednesday afternoon. Right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, Sean Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right quad strain and A.J. Schugel moved to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for Anderson.

According to Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk, Rodriguez has been experiencing discomfort in the right quad area for a week or so and has come to a point where he is "not in a good spot to compete."

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NEW YORK -- The Pirates made a few roster moves Wednesday afternoon. Right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, Sean Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right quad strain and A.J. Schugel moved to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for Anderson.

According to Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk, Rodriguez has been experiencing discomfort in the right quad area for a week or so and has come to a point where he is "not in a good spot to compete."

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Anderson, 25, was Pittsburgh's 20th-round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft out of Harvard University. He was told late last night when Indianapolis was in Toledo, Ohio, that he would be brought up. Anderson owns a 2.34 ERA through 34 2/3 innings in Triple-A. His 1.56 walks-per-nine-innings ratio impressed Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. "His performance has been very, very good as well. Ground-ball rate, walk-to-strikeout ratio, average against, he's done a really fantastic job for us [at Triple-A]," Hurdle said.

Before this season, Anderson had seen action both from the rotation and the bullpen, but this is the first year that he has really taken on a true role as a reliever.

Video: LAD@PIT: Rodriguez delivers RBI single to left in 6th

"I think the difference between starting and relieving is I'm going after guys a little bit more out of the 'pen," Anderson said. "Obviously, there's less opportunities to walk people, too. But I think my mindset has always been to just go after guys as quickly as possible."

The move will leave the Pirates without a backup middle infielder in their lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets at Citi Field. Hurdle said that, if needed, Josh Harrison will be the backup shortstop and David Freese can play at second base. Harrison has not appeared in a game as a shortstop since 2014, and Freese has only appeared at second base twice in his 10-year career.

Injury updates

Chad Kuhl
After being removed from Tuesday's game following the fourth inning due to right forearm discomfort, Kuhl was being treated by medical staff at Citi Field and declined to comment after the game. On Wednesday, there was still no further update on Kuhl. He is still in the assessment phase, and the medical staff stated they should have more information in 24-48 hours.

Video: PIT@NYM: Kuhl leaves game with forearm discomfort

Francisco Cervelli
Cervelli (concussion) was examined by a team doctor in Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning and was cleared for exercise. He responded well to a 45-minute workout at PNC Park, and trainers will continue to progress his activities throughout the week.

Michael Feliz
Feliz (right shoulder inflammation) is at a "no-throw status," according to Tomczyk. He is continuing with daily treatments, and the response is very positive, so they anticipate him playing catch in the upcoming days.

Jung Ho Kang
What could have been an option for a backup middle infielder, Kang is out of the equation. The shortstop has been placed on the Minor League disabled list with left wrist discomfort that has gradually built up over time. The Pirates will shut him down from baseball activities and look at him in the next few days.

Erin Fish is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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