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Sunday, September 16, 2012

McPherson to replace McDonald in rotation

Right-hander James McDonald has been removed from the Pirates rotation, manager Clint Hurdle said Sunday.

Right-hander Kyle McPherson will take McDonald’s spot in the rotation Wednesday against the Brewers…

McDonald has a second-half ERA of 5.84 in his past 12 starts, a stark contrast to a first half in which he went 9-3 with a 2.37 ERA. He admitted after Friday’s game he had lost confidence.

McDonald is available out of the bullpen beginning Tuesday. Although he has experience as a reliever while with the Dodgers, he hasn’t appeared out of the ‘pen since coming to Pittsburgh in 2010. Hurdle said he believes pitching as a reliever will be foreign to McDonald, but is confident McDonald will do his best to help in that role…

McPherson, 24, has allowed two runs in 11 2/3 innings of relief for the Pirates since debuting Aug. 20. He was 3-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 12 Minor League starts this season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis and is the club’s No. 10 prospect, according to

Hurdle said the club opted to go with McPherson instead of Jeff Karstens because the veteran righty hasn’t pitched in a game since leaving Aug. 31 with right hip flexor discomfort. Karstens is 5-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 15 starts this season.

The District Attorney Posted: September 16, 2012 at 05:31 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: james mcdonald, kyle mcpherson, pirates

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   1. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: September 16, 2012 at 08:02 PM (#4237503)
At one point it seemed like the Pirates were a good bet to avoid their 20th straight losing season, but now they are a single game above .500 and there's still 17 left to go.
   2. puck Posted: September 16, 2012 at 08:48 PM (#4237525)
It happened last year, too. Though they had a much better record this time. Either way, it's got to be really frustrating.
   3. Rennie's Tenet Posted: September 16, 2012 at 09:00 PM (#4237534)
Now 14-28 since August 1.
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 16, 2012 at 09:23 PM (#4237541)
the pirates pitching hasn't collapsed completely but mcdonald has been a disaster and bedard almost as bad.
   5. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: September 16, 2012 at 11:24 PM (#4237609)
the poor ####### pirates fans. they are such a tease over and over again
   6. base ball chick Posted: September 16, 2012 at 11:24 PM (#4237611)
here and poor wandy thought he was gonna be on a winning team for the first time in 4 years

mcdonald was so stunned he lost to the astros back in july - one of our 3 W, that looks like he didn't nevah recover
   7. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM (#4237619)
Whew. I was afraid it was Dallas McPherson.
   8. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: September 17, 2012 at 06:20 AM (#4237688)
This is probably the right move for McDonald. He's a good pitcher, but he's looked like he was out of gas for at least a month now. Shut him down and try again next year.

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