James McDonald Felt His Arm Was Constricted Early in the Season
Aug22

James McDonald Felt His Arm Was Constricted Early in the Season

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...

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Injury Updates: McDonald Struggles in Rehab; Snider Joins Altoona
Aug19

Injury Updates: McDonald Struggles in Rehab; Snider Joins Altoona

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...

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Pirates Notebook: Rubber Band Bryan Morris Providing Versatility
Aug04

Pirates Notebook: Rubber Band Bryan Morris Providing Versatility

Hey, y’all prepare yourself // For the Rubberband man // You never heard a sound // Like the Rubberband man // You’re bound to lose control // When the Rubberband starts to jam The Spinners’ 1976 song “The Rubber Band Man” would ring from the speakers of Three Rivers Stadium when Kent Tekulve entered for one of his league-most 94 appearances in the Pirates’ 1979 championship season. While Bryan...

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Injury Updates: Rodriguez, McDonald, Walker, Hughes, McPherson
Jul20

Injury Updates: Rodriguez, McDonald, Walker, Hughes, McPherson

Here are some injury updates on some of the Pirates major leaguers. The first two come via Rob Biertempfel and Michael Sanserino on Twitter. **Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) and James McDonald (shoulder) are expected to begin throwing next week. It’s possible that both could return by September when rosters expand, although I don’t see either returning before that point if they’re just starting to throw in late-July....

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First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?
Jul20

First Pitch: Remember All of Those High Beta Players From the Off-Season?

Over the winter there was a lot of talk about how the Pittsburgh Pirates were adding a lot of high beta players. The term first came up when David Todd described Francisco Liriano as a high beta player, pointing out that there were many possible outcomes for his 2013 season, ranging from very bad to very good. I wrote about how the Pirates had a roster full of those players, and how the 2013 season would depend on the success/failure...

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