PITTSBURGH -- Nick Kingham will, in all probability, once again stand astride the pitching rubber on the PNC Park mound Saturday night with the Padres in town.
For as sharp as Joe Musgrove has been on his rehab journey through the Pirates' minor-league system -- how does 5 2/3 perfect innings in Triple-A over the weekend sound? -- it sounds like the Pirates want him to throw 100 pitches before they take him off the disabled list.
On Sunday, Neal Huntington characterized Musgrove's post-shoulder pain build-up as "very positive," but the general manager also noted that just two Pirates during his tenure have finished rehab assignments without reaching the century mark in pitches thrown.
Since those two outliers were thirtysomething veterans in Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett, the...
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