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

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...

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Jonathan Sanchez Moved to the Bullpen; Jeanmar Gomez Will Start Wednesday

According to Michael Sanserino and Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates will move Jonathan Sanchez to the bullpen and have Jeanmar Gomez start on Wednesday. #Pirates move Jonathan Sanchez to bullpen. Jeanmar Gomez will start Wednesday. — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) April 29, 2013 Gomez will start Wed for #pirates. JSanchez to bullpen. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 29, 2013 Biertempfel adds that Sanchez will have...

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First Pitch: What to do About Jonathan Sanchez in the Short-Term?

Francisco Liriano had a great start on Thursday. He threw five innings for Indianapolis, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts. Jonathan Sanchez didn’t have a good start on Friday. He was ejected from his start after allowing two homers in the first inning, then hitting Allen Craig with a pitch. For Sanchez, that wasn’t a fluke. On the season he has given up 16 earned runs in 11.1 innings....

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Sanchez Ejected in 1st, Walker Hurt as Pirates Lose 9-1

If Jonathan Sanchez has made his final appearance with the Pittsburgh Pirates, what a way to go out. Home run, home run, single, hit by pitch, ejection. Ejecting Jonathan Sanchez because you think he was throwing at a batter’s head on purpose is like yelling at a cloud for raining on you. Occupational hazard, friends. But ejected he was for hitting Allen Craig without a warning. Manager Clint Hurdle bursted from the dugout...

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A Lot Being Asked of Pirates’ Bullpen

Consistency has been a problem for the Pirates this season. The offense needed more than a week to find its stride and the starting pitching (outside of A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez) has been hit and miss. One aspect of Pittsburgh’s club that actually has been consistent has been the strong work put in by the bullpen. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, Jared Hughes, Justin Wilson, Jeanmar Gomez and a few others have...

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