It was a pleasant surprise to see long-time Houston Astros starter, Wandy Rodriguez in camp. Rodriguez is one of the few remaining members of the 2005 World Series team still playing baseball at any level, and it made sense to roll the dice on the veteran a possible replacement for Scott Kazmir.
But, a fairytale return for Wandy Rodriguez is over. The team has informed Rodriguez that he will not be on the 25-man Opening Day roster, as reported by Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan.
Wandy Rodriguez has been informed he won't make the Astros opening day roster. Final spot down to Hoyt & Feliz.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) April 1, 2016
Rodriguez, 37, finished Spring Training with a 2-0 record, a 3.95 ERA, and 0.88 WHIP in 13 2/3 innings. Rodriguez moved from a starting role at the beginning of the spring to a reliever role. He was in the running for the final bullpen spot with James Hoyt and Michael Feliz.
The Astros are carrying 12 pitchers as the team starts the season after announcing that Tyler White and Matt Duffy had made the roster.