CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald looked sharp in his second outing of the spring against the Philadelphia Phillies tough lineup. His only run allowed over his three inning outing came in the 2nd frame. McDonald gave up a leadoff single to Hunter Pence, who scored on a RBI double into deep center by Ty Wigginton. The reasons for his success is from getting the feel of his changeup and a new turn in his delivery.
"We’re very encouraged my a number of things, that being one of them,” Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said of McDonald’s changeup this spring. “He’s also incorporated a little turn in his delivery. That’s going to give his arm better opportunity to work. It will repeat his release point. He was a little methodical today just putting it into play and just trusting it.”
Hurdle said he was encouraged by the results with the new turn in his delivery. McDonald and pitching coach Ray Searage have been working on it this spring.