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First Pitch: How Short Should Correia’s Leash Be?

First Pitch: How Short Should Correia’s Leash Be?

At the start of the year, Kevin Correia was a great pitcher for the Pirates to have. He could start in the event of an injury to the rotation. He could pitch out of the bullpen as a long reliever, or in shorter roles. And he's had the tendency to put together a few great starts at times, which means that if the Pirates did have to call on him, there's a chance they could get the version that appeared most frequently in the first half of the 2011 season.

That's exactly what happened. The Pirates lost A.J. Burnett to an injury, and Charlie Morton started the year on the disabled list. That moved Correia to the rotation. An injury to Jeff Karstens has kept Correia in the rotation. Of course, his performance hasn't done much to give him the boot, at least not until tonight. In his first four starts of the season, Correia combined for a 2.42 ERA in 22.1 innings, going six innings in his first three starts. Tonight wasn't as good, allowing five runs on nine hits in seven innings, with two h...

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