Kyle McPherson started the season on the disabled list after suffering right shoulder inflammation during spring training. The right-hander, who was slated to join Triple-A in 2012, instead was sent to Double-A after finally getting healthy in June. In his first three starts last month, McPherson struggled, posting a 4.76 ERA in those outings. He has been working to get back on track in July, allowing nine earned over 21.1 innings with just two walks to 30 strikeouts.

"I feel the stuff is there right now," McPherson, the Pirates Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, said. "Depending on one or two runs here in an outing are dictated by one pitch. I still feel the stuff is there even though the inning total might not be where it should be of course if it wasn’t injured. All and al...

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