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Who Could Take James McDonald’s Spot in the Rotation?

Who Could Take James McDonald’s Spot in the Rotation?

Andy Oliver could be an option to take over for James McDonald.

The Pittsburgh Pirates had Jeanmar Gomez in the rotation after dropping Jonathan Sanchez last week. Gomez was expected to be replaced this weekend by Francisco Liriano. Today, James McDonald went on the 15-day disabled list, which put Gomez back in the rotation for the short-term.

Liriano is still set to join the rotation on Saturday, but the Pirates will need a starter to replace McDonald on Sunday. Here are my thoughts on who could take that spot.

Jeanmar Gomez - He seems like an obvious candidate, since he's already going to be starting in place of McDonald. Gomez has a 3.06 ERA in 17.2 innings this year, with a 5.1 K/9 and a 4.6 BB/9. In his start last week he went four innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits. Gomez is alright as a short-term replacement, such as today, but if you're planning ahead you could probably do better. UPDATE: Gomez might have improved his stock after throwing five shut...

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