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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 MLB.com.

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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