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Pirates to call up James McDonald for Thursday's start

Aug 2, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

Acquired from the Dodgers over the weekend in the Octavio Dotel trade, James McDonald is expected to join the Pirates’ rotation to start Thursday against the Rockies.
As a 25-year-old with a good minor-league track record McDonald is certainly deserving of a shot that the Dodgers never quite seemed willing to give him. He had a solid 4.11 ERA in 76.2 innings during various stints with the Dodgers, but posted a sub par 63/40 K/BB ratio and got knocked around in five starts while thriving as a reliever.
McDonald may be destined for the bullpen long term, but the Pirates can certainly afford to give him a chance to establish himself as a mid-rotation starter after he went 9-2 with a 3.96 ERA and 125/45 K/BB ratio over 22 starts in a hitter-friendly environment at Triple-A.
He’s exactly the type of player the Pirates should be taking fliers on and they very did well to get McDonald and outfield prospect Andrew Lambo for Dotel.

  1. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 2, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Who did the Photoshop on the uniform? That’s the part of the trade deadline that always freaks me out a little bit.

  2. MVD - Aug 3, 2010 at 2:06 AM

    Topps.

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