The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the perfect situation for any young pitcher trying to break into the big leagues. The Pirates saw a lot of injuries, especially during the first three months of the season, leaving a lot of rotation spots up for grabs. Phil Irwin was one of those young pitchers who got an early shot at the majors, making his debut on April 14th. The debut didn't go well, with Irwin giving up four runs in 4.2 innings of work. What happened after that was even worse.
Irwin missed a few weeks after that start, made one more appearance in Triple-A at the end of April, then missed the remainder of the season after undergoing ulnar nerve relocation.
"It was probably the most bittersweet moment of my life," Irwin said. "You finally get up there, and get a chance, and t...
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