Pirates Notebook: Correia Could Be the Odd Man Out of the Rotation

Kevin Correia took the mound at PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon fighting for a spot in the rotation. The Pirates traded for left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday night, which will make one of Pittsburgh’s current starters an odd man out. Rodriguez is expected to be added to the active roster on Thursday, in which the club will make a corresponding roster move. “We’re going to wait until we get our guys together and round...

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Pirates Could Trade Karstens or Correia

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com has a report that the Pittsburgh Pirates could trade one of Kevin Correia or Jeff Karstens, following the recent acquisition of Wandy Rodriguez. Dealing one of those two would clear a space for Rodriguez in the rotation, although the Pirates can clear a spot by just moving Correia to the bullpen. We’ve heard that they’ve been shopping Correia earlier this season. Correia would make the most sense...

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Pirates Notebook: Correia Made Adjustment With Focus Toward More Strikeouts

Kevin Correia isn’t a strikeout pitcher. In the first half of the 2012 season, Correia struck out a season-high four batters just three times on the season. But over his last two starts, Correia has combined for 11 strikeouts over 11.0 innings pitched — more than he had combined over his five starts prior. After striking out five Florida Marlins over five frames in the Pirates 4-3 win at PNC Park on Friday, Correia said...

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Pirates Notebook: Walker Heats Up in July; Why Pitch to McCutchen?

Just like the months in the summer heat up, so does Neil Walker at the plate. After hitting .278 in April and .238 in the month of May, Walker’s bat has started to become red hot in July. “I feel good at the plate,” Walker said. “And I’m happy about that. July is usually a good month for me. When the weather gets hot, I start to feel a lot better.” And the second baseman has numbers to prove it. During...

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Kevin Correia No Longer On the Block?

Jon Paul Morosi had the following tweet about Kevin Correia today. At one point, there was talk of #Pirates listening on Kevin Correia. Hard to see that now. He’s a solid No. 5 starter for an NL contender. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 5, 2012 The message doesn’t really say that the Pirates aren’t shopping Correia anymore. It just says that it is hard to see Correia being shopped with the Pirates contending. I agree...

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