Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Off-Season Contract Issues and Projections

The Pirates are going to have an interesting arbitration class this offseason. Several players — Garrett Jones, James McDonald, Neil Walker — could all stand to get pretty heavy pay raises, while pitchers Joel Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens, both third time eligible, could serve as off-season trade chips. The Pirates also have an option on veteran catcher Rod Barajas, who which could be exercised to return as their backup....

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Neil Walker Shut Down for the Season

Neil Walker tried to help his team as much as he could in the final month of the season after suffering a low back injury. But after a difficult decision, Walker said that it would best serve himself and the Pirates for him to be shutdown the remainder of the season. “I wont play the rest of the season,” Walker said in front of his locker prior to the game on Friday. “I’m shut down. That’s where we’re at. That was...

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Hurdle Taking Day-by-Day Approach With Walker

Neil Walker picked up two of the three hits that the Pirates were able to counter off the Brewers’ Yovani Gallardo on Tuesday night at PNC Park. But it was towards the end of that nine inning game that Manager Clint Hurdle said that Walker, who felt strong in the middle of the game, felt that get away from him late. It’s what forced Walker out of the lineup on Wednesday as he continues to be day-to-day with low back...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs Snap Skid; Is McDonald’s Spot Safe?

The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field in Chicago on Saturday afternoon just one game over .500 and three games back of St. Louis for the second spot in the Wild Card race. Looking to snap their seven-game skid and turn things around, the club needed the offense to spark and the pitching to hold the club in the game, while making solid defensive plays. The Pirates were able to put it all together and end their losing streak by beating...

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Pirates Notebook: Should McDonald Skip A Start in the Rotation?

The second half of the season for James McDonald continues to be a struggle. McDonald has had just two solid starts for the Pirates since the All-Star break. Those outings were a two-hit, six-inning shutout against the Cardinals on August 17th, and a two-hit, seven-inning shutout against St. Louis once again on August 28th. In McDonald’s other 10 starts, the right-hander has allowed 48 runs over 48.0 frames, good for a 9.00 ERA....

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