Found September 17, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
With the days dwindling in the season and the Pittsburgh Pirates holding out hope that they can reach the postseason in 20 years, they decided they could not wait any longer for James McDonald to regain his dazzling first-half form. McDonald was dropped from the rotation Sunday and will be used in relief for the remainder of the season. Rookie right-hander Kyle McPherson will move into the rotation and make his first major-league start Wednesday night against Milwaukee. McPherson has posted a 1.54 ERA in seven relief appearances. Manager Clint Hurdle said McDonald should be available to work out of the bullpen on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game home series with Milwaukee. McDonald pitched just 3 2/3 innings on Friday in a loss to the Cubs at Chicago, giving up four runs. "As the games count down, we've got to look to give ourselves the best shot that we have of winning the game," Hurdle said. "Based on James' inconsistency in the second hal...
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