Yesterday I watched Francisco Liriano and Jose Contreras make rehab appearances with the Bradenton Marauders. On Thursday, Charlie Morton is expected to make a rehab start in Bradenton. The rehab appearances by Liriano and Morton mean that they're at most 30 days from making it back to the majors. With the way the pitching has been going so far this season, those returns would be welcome additions.
You can see how Liriano and Morton could help the team. James McDonald got shelled last night, and there are warning signs which usually point to an injury. Jonathan Sanchez had a decent debut with the Pirates, then was hammered in his second start. To me, the bigger concern here is McDonald, but if Sanchez doesn't bounce back from that last start you could make an argument that Liriano and Morton could be replacing McDonald and Sanchez soon.
It's harder to see where Jose Contreras fits in. While the rotation has struggled early, the bu...
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