Found October 01, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle plays it coy when asked if demoted starter James McDonald will have to win a spot in the rotation in spring training next year. "We'll have to wait and see," Hurdle said. "A lot of things can happen." However, it seems almost certain that McDonald will be one of the five pitchers in the rotation when next season begins. The only certainties at this point are left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and right-hander A.J. Burnett, and it's extremely doubtful the Pirates will spend the money necessary to buy at least two proven starters on the free-agent market. McDonald was one of the best pitchers in the National League in the first half of this season, going 9-3 with a 2.37 ERA in 17 starts before the All-Star break. He was dropped from the rotation following a loss against the Cubs at Chicago on Sept. 14 and was 3-5 with a 7.08 ERA in 12 second-half starts. McDonald has made just one relief appearance during his two-plu...
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