Comments on: First Pitch: All of the Warning Signs are There For a James McDonald Injury http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-all-of-the-warning-signs-are-there-for-a-james-mcdonald-injury.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:39:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: Brian Nuckols http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-all-of-the-warning-signs-are-there-for-a-james-mcdonald-injury.html#comment-26573 Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:26:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=50653#comment-26573 J Mac showed up in a big way. Seems to have proven you wrong, would you not agree?

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-all-of-the-warning-signs-are-there-for-a-james-mcdonald-injury.html#comment-26428 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:54:50 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=50653#comment-26428 How close do you think Karstens is?

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-all-of-the-warning-signs-are-there-for-a-james-mcdonald-injury.html#comment-26417 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:08:21 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=50653#comment-26417 Probably so. At least until Liriano or Morton returned.

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By: Allyn Weimer http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-all-of-the-warning-signs-are-there-for-a-james-mcdonald-injury.html#comment-26416 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:46:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=50653#comment-26416 If James McDonald goes on the DL, who would replace him in the rotation. Phil irwin?

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By: dave1231959 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-all-of-the-warning-signs-are-there-for-a-james-mcdonald-injury.html#comment-26410 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:20:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=50653#comment-26410 Thanks!

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-all-of-the-warning-signs-are-there-for-a-james-mcdonald-injury.html#comment-26408 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:47:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=50653#comment-26408 Sometimes different arm injuries could feel as simple as fatigue. Your arm will just feel tired; you don’t have that fresh feeling. Not everyone has extremely traumatic ligament tears where their arm goes limp. Then again, in the middle of the season, you could just feel that way for a few appearances and it will go away, without injury. The simple fact is, these guys know and understand what it feels like to be fresh, fatigued, or possibly even injured. A caveat to that, however, is that the players and coaches will only tell the press about how good and fresh a player looks. If a player’s tired or possibly hurt, everyone will likely have to wait for the D.L. announcement.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-all-of-the-warning-signs-are-there-for-a-james-mcdonald-injury.html#comment-26407 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:34:23 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=50653#comment-26407 Average stats don’t always tell the story, McDonald does not have any out pitch since he lost his velocity, he also junked his slider for some unknown reason, his average numbers for velocity are numbers for guys in the hall of fame, it’s not the numbers that are bad, it is the pitches that he depended on to get outs that he does not have now.
The stats do say McDonald is losing velocity, the video’s show that he got a lot of his strikeouts with a 94-95mph fastball that had movement. Last night, he managed to get as high as 91 with a pitch with no movement.
If I know the problem, the Pirates know the problem. That brings us to the solution.
I hope the Pirates are reading this because I am going to tell them what to do! Whether McDonald is hurt or not he needs to find his way to the minor leagues. I don’t know if he ever will be a quality starter again, because there is so little movement on any of the pitches that he throws.
Evan Meek had the same problem, Hanrahans velocity dropped a little last year after the middle of the year and he became very hittable.
I pray they don’t send McDonald out against the Braves this weekend, they will destroy his no movement 89mph fastball, if people think the Cards used McDonald for batting practice wait till they get a look at what the Braves will do to it, they are a dead red fastball hitting team, but they can’t hit curve balls, problem is McDonald’s curve ball these days is more of hanging variety.
What bothers me about this whole problem is that it was very evident half-way through year last year that McDonald was losing velocity on his fastball and he became very hittable, at ST this year, he did not have velocity and they still did not see a problem, I understand he had to build up his arm, but the Pirates had enough red flags that they should have been on top of this problem from day one.
Whether it is his arm or his mechanics, the majors is not the place to work it out. Another theory that is going around mostly because of incompetent reporters is that McDonald is a head case, your head does not throw the ball hard and throwing the ball hard is one of the problems.

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By: dave1231959 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-all-of-the-warning-signs-are-there-for-a-james-mcdonald-injury.html#comment-26403 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:58:21 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=50653#comment-26403 For those that have had an injury like this: Is there pain involved or are you just not able to do what you had been doing? Could you be injured and not know it?

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