Pirates general manager Neal Huntington made a rare appearance in Charleston, W.Va. for Sunday's game between the Lexington Legends and the West Virginia Power and I (along with the Charleston Daily Mail's Derek Redd, who covers the Power in addition to Marshall University sports) got the chance to ask him a few questions.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said a decision will have to be made on if Jeff Karstens will be a part of the starting rotation or pitch out of the bullpen when he returns from injury
Huntington gave me an update on the Pirates' rehabbing pitchers as well as John McDonald.
In McDonald's (the infielder, not the pitcher) case Huntington said he complained of how his elbow had been bothering him while receiving treatment after his back locked up earlier this week in extra innings against Milwaukee.
"We're treating both at the same time," Huntington said. "We fully expect that he'll be healthy and ready to go."
Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for PiratesProspects.com. He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, FoxSports.com). Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports