James McDonald threw two perfect innings in the GCL today.
At the start of the 2013 season, James McDonald was one of the keys to the rotation. McDonald was coming off a 2012 season where he looked like an ace in the first half, and saw major struggles in the second half, leading to a 7.52 ERA after the All-Star break. With a lot of question marks in the 2013 rotation, the Pirates looked like they needed McDonald to step up and become one of the key contributors.
That didn't happen, as McDonald put up a 5.76 ERA in six starts this season before going on the disabled list with inflammation and tendinitis in his right rotator cuff. Fortunately for the Pirates, guys like Francisco Liriano and Jeff Locke stepped up, along with a ton of depth throughout the year, putting the Pirates in playoff position. McDonald is now making his way back in his rehab work, but because of all of the starting pitching options, he won't have a spot in the rotation. The Pirates are bringing him back as a...
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