HOUSTON -- With his familiar gait and No. 51, pitcher Wandy Rodriguez donned Pirates black and gold Thursday at Minute Maid Park for the first time after being traded to Pittsburgh from the Astros on Tuesday. Rodriguez will pitch for the Pirates on Saturday in Houston.
"It's a hard situation for me," Rodriguez said. "I played for a long time for the Astros organization and now I'm with the Pirates. I understand the situation the for the Astros. They traded me and now I'm here."
Rodriguez stayed in Houston after being traded and drove to Minute Maid Park on Thursday. He stopped by the Astros clubhouse briefly to collect some belongings from equipment manager Carl Schneider before heading to the visitor's clubhouse for the first time.
"I felt pretty confused," he said with a laugh.
As far as facing his former teammates on Saturday, Rodriguez wasn't sure what emotions he will carry to the mound.
"I need to wait until that because I don't know how I'll feel," he said.
Astros manager Brad Mills is interested to see how his club does against Rodriguez.
"I'm sure his emotions are going to be pretty high, as are ours as well going against him," he said.