Cubs place Kyuji Fujikawa and Jake Arrieta on 15-day DL, James McDonald on 60-day DL

The Chicago Cubs finalized their roster in advance of Monday's season-opener. A trio of pitchers landed on the disabled list, including Kyuji Fujikawa, Jake Arrieta and James McDonald.By TonyTheTiger via Wikimedia CommonsCarrie Muskat of MLB.com reported Chicago's final roster moves before they faced the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.Fujikawa has been out since last May...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs' James McDonald hopes to resume throwing in a few days

After being pulled from yesterday's game in what was initially diagnosed as shoulder stiffness, Chicago Cubs right-hander James McDonald has been revealed to be suffering from tendinitis-like symptoms and is holding out hope for a return to the mound in a few days. McDonald says he has tendinitis-like symptoms, hopes to resume throwing in a few days— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #13

Cubs kept doing that “win one, lose one” thing again on Monday, this time beating the Angels at home while losing to the A’s on the road.  This hit by Emilio Bonifacio was cool: And then, of course, since every pitcher in spring training seems to be broken anyway, James McDonald had his own little issue: McDonald receives medical attention after 2nd pitch sails to backstop...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs' James McDonald pulled from start after two pitches

The Chicago Cubs sent veteran James McDonald to the mound on Monday.  James is in the midst of fighting for a spot in the Cubs' rotation.  However, things took a turn for the worse on Monday afternoon when he had to be removed after throwing just two pitches.  Carrie Muskat of MLB.com tweets: Report from Phoenix: #Cubs James McDonald out with right shoulder soreness— Carrie...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs' James McDonald leaves start after 2nd pitch

PHOENIX (AP) Chicago Cubs pitcher James McDonald left Monday's game against Oakland after two pitches because of a sore right shoulder.
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs' Renteria supports McDonald

James McDonald didn’t need any reassurances after allowing six runs in one-plus inning Friday, but he received words of encouragement from Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria. “I actually spoke to James this morning,” Renteria said of McDonald, who is competing for the fifth spot in the Cubs’ rotation. “I said, 'Don’t look at that; that’s a blip. Don’t worry about...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs' James McDonald pitches to live hitters for first time in 10 months

The Chicago Cubs finished 2013 with a 66-96 record and were in need of upgrades at many positions.  The pitching staff had an ERA of 4.00, 21st in the Major Leagues. In attempts to bolster the pitching, the Cubs signed several pitchers this off season, including 28-year old right-hander James McDonald. Although McDonald pitched in only six games last season due to a shoulder injury...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs sign pitcher James McDonald to minor league deal

The Chicago Cubs struggled last season with only 66 wins, mostly attributed to a lack of offense. The pitching staff compiled a respectable 4.00 ERA, but had only two pitcher,  Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood, make more than 30 starts.  Samardzija, Wood and Edwin Jackson were the only pitchers with more than 175 innings pitched.  In attempts to bolster their pitching depth, the...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs add James McDonald

getty The Chicago Cubs continued their addition of reclamation projects on Friday agreeing to a minor league deal with James McDonald. McDonald will receive an invitation to spring training. Source-Cubs sign Pitcher James McDonald to minor league deal pending physical. Also invite to Major League camp. — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) January 31, 2014 McDonald, 29, made six starts...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates James McDonald clears waivers, elects free agency rather than assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates once thought James McDonald would be a big part of their rebirth as contenders.  The Pirates were able to rebuild themselves, but it has largely been without the help of McDonald.  He has been battling a shoulder injury since late April. According to D.J. Short of NBC Sports, McDonald was placed on waivers, cleared through without a claim, and then was...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

James McDonald Elects Free Agency

James McDonald has elected free agency. Photo by Mark Olson. According to the MLB.com transactions page (h/t to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish), James McDonald has elected free agency after being outrighted to Indianapolis. The Pirates designated him for assignment last week, and he cleared waivers in the process. He’s now eligible to sign with any team for the remainder of the...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

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...
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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...
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September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates DFA James McDonald, Recall Cumpton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated James McDonald from the 60 day disabled list and designated him for assignment today. They have also recalled Brandon Cumpton from Indianapolis. More details to follow.
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September 07, 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...
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: Taillon’s Last Regular Season Start, McDonald Joins Bradenton

To prospect Jameson Taillon will get his last regular season start tonight for Indianapolis. West Virginia had their game suspended by rain in the fourth inning last night. They will complete that game today prior to the start of the regularly scheduled game. Jamestown had an important win last night. They are the NYPL leader in the Wildcard race, with a one game lead over Lowell...
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September 01, 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...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Injury Updates: McDonald Struggles in Rehab; Snider Joins Altoona

James McDonald didn’t have a good rehab start in the GCL. Photo Credit: David Hague Two Pittsburgh Pirates rehab updates this afternoon: **James McDonald made a rehab start with the GCL Pirates, and it didn’t go so well. McDonald threw 0.2 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, with one strikeout. He didn’t complete the inning, and Jimy Hernandez left his final...
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August 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Jason Grill, Wandy Rodriguez, James McDonald to begin throwing programs

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates are on a mission to not only break a 20-year run of losing records, but also win the National League Central for the first time. They are doing so without their top starter and closer. Getting both Wandy Rodriguez and Jason Grilli back in September will help seal the deal. James McDonald could also take some innings in the bullpen near season's...
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August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates' Pitching Updates: James McDonald & Wandy Rodriguez

Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, suffering from forearm tightness, and right-hander James McDonald, experiencing shoulder discomfort,  are possibly scheduled to begin throwing programs this week. #Pirates GM says LHP Wandy Rodriguez & RHP James McDonald are tentatively set to being throwing program next week — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) July 20, 2013 Lefty Wandy...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Injury Updates: Rodriguez, McDonald, Walker, Hughes, McPherson

Wandy Rodriguez will begin throwing later this week. (Photo by: David Hague) Here are some injury updates on some of the Pirates major leaguers. The first two come via Rob Biertempfel and Michael Sanserino on Twitter. **Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) and James McDonald (shoulder) are expected to begin throwing next week. It’s possible that both could return by September when rosters...
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July 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Acquire Russ Canzler, James McDonald to 60 Day DL

The #Pirates have acquired 1B/OF Russ Canzler from the #Orioles for minor league RHP Tim Alderson. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 12, 2013   Russ Canzler is another in a long line of AAAA 1B/OF the Pirates have been collecting recently. Canzler was put directly on the 40 man roster after the Pirates put James…
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates' McDonald will rest shoulder for 2-3 weeks

After receiving a second opinion on his shoulder from Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas, Pirates righty James McDonald will not throw for two to three weeks. On the 15-day disabled list since May 7, McDonald has been experiencing with stiffness in his right shoulder according to Steven Petrella of MLB.com. McDonald will build up the strength in his arm again during these few weeks,...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates' Wandy Rodriguez, James McDonald face setbacks

On top of the Major League standings being only 50-win team which also includes a Top 5 rotation ERA, the Pittsburgh Pirates got some bad news Saturday on a couple of those starters. Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald are both dealing with setbacks that are certain to shelve them for a long time. A.J. Burnett, another sidelined member of the season-opening rotation, is making...
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June 30, 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...
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June 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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