Brad Lincoln Moves to the Rotation

Brad Lincoln pitched six strong innings against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight, and the timing was perfect. The start came on the same day that Kevin Correia was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and shortly after Paul Maholm was also placed on the disabled list.  With both starters out, Lincoln will get more time in the rotation from this point forward.

“We’re definitely going to get him the ball and see where he can take it from the rotation, being one of the starters,” Clint Hurdle said after the game.

Lincoln has made two starts in the majors this year, and the difference between the rotation and the bullpen has been clear, with much better results out of the rotation.

“It’s just something that I’ve done my entire career, so obviously I’m going to be a little more comfortable with (starting), rather than coming out of the pen,” Lincoln said. “Not to say I wasn’t comfortable coming out of the pen.  It was just a more relaxed feeling for me out there tonight.”

The injuries to Correia and Maholm will give the Pirates a chance to see what they have with Lincoln, who is 26 years old, but still has a chance to be a part of the future of the Pirates’ rotation.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KEYHS3XWH74U3LRIHGWL7XPBA Nate

    Great to see Lincoln pitch well and get the win.  Hopefully he can be a key component next year.

  • Anonymous

    Timing means so much and Brad has the opportunity he has needed to showcase his skills oer the rest of the way. Here’s hoping he can continue pitching like he has in his first 2 starts ths year.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see his get a shot again. I really think Kerrigan got a bit in his head last year with over analysis and Lincoln’s confidence disappeared in a hurry. I still think he can turn into a producing middle/back of the rotation guy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KAH4DKCURJYHBMKZIAASB6DP44 VincentR

    This is the time of the year to make evaluations for the next season.