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Daniel McCutchen Returns to Pittsburgh With Sharper Pitches

Daniel McCutchen Returns to Pittsburgh With Sharper Pitches

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Right-hander Daniel McCutchen didn't make the club out of spring training after posting a 9.82 Grapefruit League ERA. He started the season with Triple-A Indianapolis where he was sent with several things to work on.

"He went down there with a great mindset," Manager Clint Hurdle said. "His velocity has picked up. His command has picked up. From the reports I’ve got, all the pitches have sharpened up. He’s in a very competitive place right now."

The 29-year-old spent the 2011 season in Pittsburgh. Although he didn't make the club out of camp, was recalled on April 9 before he made an appearance with Triple-A. During his first season being used exclusively in relief, he posted a 3.72 ERA over 84.2 innings, with a 5.0 K/9 and a 3.5 BB/9 ratio. His innings total ranked fourth-most among National League relievers.

McCutchen made 11 appearances with Indy this season, where he posted a 2.49 ERA over 21.2 innings, with a 5.8 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9 ratio.

"I feel a l...

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