Injury Updates: McDonald Struggles in Rehab; Snider Joins Altoona

James McDonald didn't have a good rehab start in the GCL. Photo Credit: David Hague

James McDonald didn’t have a good rehab start in the GCL. Photo Credit: David Hague

Two Pittsburgh Pirates rehab updates this afternoon:

**James McDonald made a rehab start with the GCL Pirates, and it didn’t go so well. McDonald threw 0.2 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, with one strikeout. He didn’t complete the inning, and Jimy Hernandez left his final runner stranded. Rehab assignments are always difficult to get a feel for, since you don’t know specifically what the pitcher is working on. However, the GCL pitchers combined to throw 8.1 innings of shutout ball with an 11:3 K/BB ratio against the same team McDonald faced, which doesn’t look good for McDonald.

**Travis Snider will start his rehab work tonight with Altoona. Snider has up to 20 days on rehab assignment, although Altoona doesn’t have that many days left in their season. If he’s not ready by the end of the year, he could join Indianapolis for their playoff run. I don’t expect him to be back before rosters expand.

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  • CalipariFan506

    Maybe Snider can have a September like April. That would be a huge help.

    • BostonsCommon

      If ANY of those clowns they keep running out to RF get hot in Sept it would be huge. I don’t care if any of them ever see the field again after this season, but it would be incredible if someone would just get hot for about the next six weeks.

  • IC Bob

    If Mcdonald ever throws another pitch for this team I would be surprised

    • BostonsCommon

      He might have some potential as a reliever if he ever regains his velocity and can pair it with his curve. But your right, his days as a Pirate starter are likely over.

      Did he ever go see Dr. Andrews?

  • Lee Young

    I want JMac to do well just so we can trade him.

    Pair him and Bromberg for a 1bman who can…..never mind….already made that comment….

    :) :) :) :)

    • BostonsCommon

      Is there even any trade value with him right now? I don’t see it. I see the Pirates non-tendering him, and maybe after every other team passes on him, bringing him back on a minor league contract.

      A trip to Dr. Andrews cured many of Morton’s ails. Would it work for James too?

  • moose7195

    Please NH, don’t let McDonald or Snider any where near the 25 man roster or even the September callup list.