Minor League Schedule: McDonald Moves Rehab Up To Indianapolis

**UPDATE** The Bradenton doubleheader today has been canceled due to weather. Games will not be made up due to the fact Daytona and Bradenton do not meet up again during the first half of the season. West Virginia had their game suspended in the third inning due to rain. They will finish the game today, then play a seven inning game afterwards. Two new teams are on the daily schedule as the Dominican Summer League season got under way Saturday. For a look at the players to watch on the DSL teams, check out our season preview here. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here.

James McDonald threw four shutout innings last time out

James McDonald threw four shutout innings last time out

AAA: Indianapolis (41-20) vs Durham (38-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter:  James McDonald (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 1, Durham 0

James McDonald will make his first rehab start for Indianapolis tonight. He has pitched twice for Altoona. In the first game on 5/27 at home, he recorded just two outs before being pulled due to his pitch count. He allowed three runs on two hits(one homer) and four walks. Five days later on the road, McDonald threw four shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two batters. He is scheduled to throw either five innings or 80 pitches.

AA: Altoona (25-34) vs Reading (21-35) 7:00pm
Probable starter: David Bromberg (2-5, 3.83)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7, Reading 3

David Bromberg will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief. As a starter, he is 1-4, 3.34 in 32.1 innings, with 28 strikeouts. At home this year he is 2-2, 3.71 in 26.2 innings, with 23 strikeouts, though he does have a .301 BAA. Bromberg started against Reading on 5/22, going 7.1 innings, with four runs allowed(all unearned) on six hits and no walks, while striking out eight batters. In his last start, he gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in four innings.

High-A: Bradenton (23-35) vs Daytona (29-27) 5:00pm CANCELED
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (1-9, 3.08) and TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was rained out

Eliecer Navarro will get his 11th start of the season. He has also pitched once in relief. Navarro was finally able to pick up his first win of the year in his last start. He went seven shutout innings, giving up three hits, a walk and he struck out seven batters. On the year, he has  walked 12 batters, struck out 55 in 61.1 innings and held hitters to a .247 BAA.  He has yet to allow a homer or walk to a left-handed batter in 58 AB’s. At home this year, Navarro is 1-3, 1.91 in five starts.

Low-A: West Virginia (32-26) vs Delmarva (23-32) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (2-4, 5.04)
Yesterday’s Result:  West Virginia was suspended after three innings

Clay Holmes will make his 12th start of the season. He has pitched a total of 50 innings, allowing 46 hits, three homers and 37 walks. He has 36 strikeouts, a .250 BAA and a 1.74 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and struck out five, though he did walk five batters. He also gave up just one hit over five innings in a start on 5/17 against Lexington. At home this season, he is 0-3, 5.87 in seven starts. Holmes has not faced Delmarva yet this season.

DSL: Pirates1 (1-3) vs Phillies (2-2) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Rangers 5, Pirates1 4

DSL: Pirates2 (0-4) vs Cardinals (2-2) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Nationals 4, Pirates2 3

Recent Transactions

6/5 Jake Burnette placed on disabled list retroactive to 6/3

5/31 Added Zack Thornton to Indianapolis roster. Placed Kyle Waldrop on disabled list.

5/31 Acquired Atahualpa Severino. Assigned him to Indianapolis.

5/31 Acquired Graham Godfrey. Assigned him to Indianapolis.

5/31 Activated Chase d’Arnaud from disabled list. Assigned him to Indianapolis.

5/31 Promoted Alex Presley to Pittsburgh Pirates. Assigned Josh Harrison to Indianapolis.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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