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With the Pirates on a two-day hiatus from playing baseball anywhere near where I am in Florida, I've been trying to take a break from the internet because that keeps me from worrying about work and, believe it or not, there aren't a lot of fun things that surround your sixth year in grad school. And so I missed out on some actual Pirate news this afternoon because I was off at Mixon's Fruit Farm eating delicious orange ice cream. I'm OK with most of my life decisions.
This afternoon the Pirates announced both that Chase d'Arnaud will go to the 60-day disabled list with the thumb injury that shelved him earlier this spring and that they'd acquired John McDonald from the Diamondbacks for cash or a PTBNL. Since McDonald goes on the 40-man roster, it means he's likely going to be guaranteed a bench spot. That makes the roster math quite a bit easier.
If we assume that the Pirates are going to go with 13 position players, eight of those spots will go ...
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Bryan Morris was optioned to Triple-A.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks traded shortstop John McDonald to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash, giving the Pirates some much-needed infield depth.
The trade came two days after Pirates backup shortstop Chase d'Arnaud, injured in a rundown drill earlier, had surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks....
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The Pirates, bolstering their infield depth, acquired John McDonald from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, according to a major-league source.
The return for the D-Backs was not immediately known.
The Pirates needed infield help. Chase d'Arnaud had surgery Tuesday after suffering a partially torn thumb ligament. He's expected to miss six to eight weeks.
McDonald, 38, was...
Born: September 24, 1974
Drafted: 12th Round, 363rd Overall, 1996 (Indians)
How Acquired: Trade for PTBNL (from Diamondbacks)
College: Providence College
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Source: #Pirates acquire IF John McDonald from #Diamondbacks.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2013
Ken Rosenthal first reported that the Pirates and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade that will send utility infielder John McDonald to the Bucs for a player to be named later or cash.
McDonald, 38, is coming off a season where he hit .249/.295/.386 over 213 plate appearances...