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Pirates outright James McDonald to Triple-A

getty The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned James McDonald to Triple-A Indianapolis. There season is over, and so is the season of  McDonald. McDonald, 28, went unclaimed on waivers and the Pirates were required to make a decision on his status. Despite being owed just a fraction of his $3.025 million salary no team was willing to take a gamble on McDonald. It has been a steep decline...
Via Tireball.com
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: The end of the James McDonald experiment

James McDonald (Courtesy of CBS Sports) The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated James McDonald from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment on Saturday. The Dodgers  selected McDonald in the eleventh round of the 2002 draft, and he ascended through the team’s minor league system and made his major league debut in 2008. He was used primarily as a reliever throughout...
Via isportsweb.com
September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates let go of pitcher James McDonald

getty The Pittsburgh Pirates released pitcher James McDonald on Saturday. McDonald, 28, had a great first half to the 2012 season but has struggled since. He has been out since June 21 with shoulder discomfort. In six games this season McDonald was 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. With a career 4.20 ERA and 1.40 WHIP there figures to be at-least one team that will give McDonald...
Via Tireball.com
September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

James McDonald Felt His Arm Was Constricted Early in the Season

James McDonald threw two perfect innings in the GCL today. At the start of the 2013 season, James McDonald was one of the keys to the rotation. McDonald was coming off a 2012 season where he looked like an ace in the first half, and saw major struggles in the second half, leading to a 7.52 ERA after the All-Star break. With a lot of question marks in the 2013 rotation, the Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

James McDonald to Remain on the DL

James McDonald will remain on the disabled list as he experiences shoulder discomfort, according to Michael Sanserino. #Pirates RHP James McDonald will remain on the DL as he experiences shoulder discomfort. He will see Dr. James Andrews next week. — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) June 25, 2013 Sanserino updates that to say that there was a scheduling conflict with Dr. James...
Via Pirates Prospects
June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: All of the Warning Signs are There For a James McDonald Injury

All of the warning signs are there for a James McDonald injury. – Image Credit: David Hague After the first start of the year from James McDonald, I got a question. “What is up with his velocity? Is he injured?” McDonald’s velocity was down in the first game of the year. He ranged from about 87-92 MPH, but averaged 89 MPH with his fastball. Looking at this chart from FanGraphs...
Via Pirates Prospects
April 16, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Murphy’s Law and James McDonald in the Rotation

James McDonald had a great first half and a horrible second half in 2012. Pittsburgh Pirates fans have a tendency to expect the worst. It’s not really any fault of their own. In the last 20 years, pretty much every bad thing that could possibly happen to the team has happened. You reach a point where the team looks like a true contender in July, to the point where you actually...
Via Pirates Prospects
February 12, 2013  |  Discuss

McDonald out of Pirates' rotation

James McDonald has been removed from the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting rotation. McDonald has fallen off considerably since a strong first half. The 27-year-old right-hander has allowed 14 runs in his last three starts -- a total of 12 innings pitched. He walked four batters and allowed four runs in just 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Manager Clint Hurdle...
Via AP on Fox
September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

McDonald removed from Pirates starting rotation

James McDonald has been removed from the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation. McDonald has fallen off considerably since a hot first half. The 27-year-old right-hander has allowed 14 runs in his last three starts - a total of 12 innings pitched. He walked four batters and allowed four runs in just 3 2-3 innings in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Manager Clint Hurdle said...
Via AP on Fox
September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

James McDonald Adds a Slider, Dominates

One of the biggest surprises for the first place Pittsburgh Pirates (!) has been the outstanding performance of James McDonald. Before this year, McDonald had a career ERA above 4.00 and a strikeout-to-walk ratio below two, which caused McDonald to alter his arsenal before the season. This year, he has an ERA and FIP under 3.00, with an xFIP and SIERA just under 3.60, thanks to the...
Via Fangraphs
July 10, 2012  |  Discuss
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