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Kevin Correia’s terrible second half now includes trip to DL

Aug 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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Kevin Correia made the All-Star team on the basis of his 11 first-half wins, but his 4.07 ERA was nothing special and not surprisingly the 30-year-old pitcher with a 4.57 career ERA coming into this season came crashing back down to earth after the break.

Correia is 1-4 with a 7.23 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break, allowing opponents to hit .338 off him, and now he’s headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.

Recovery timetables can be difficult to project with oblique injuries, because they tend to linger and setbacks are always looming, but Correia figures to miss at least a few weeks. And if he can’t return in September at some point Correia will finish his “All-Star season” with a 12-11 record and 4.79 ERA.

  1. dailyrev - Aug 22, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    c’mon, he was only a replacement AS. None of the Pirates except Hanrahan (who richly deserved it) were voted or put on the team first. The others got in because someone else didn’t go. That said, I was watching Correia and Maholm back in May thinking, “big league hitters should be hammering these two…”
    And now they are, or have been.

    Mickey-D’s, Karstens, and Morton are viable big-league starters, no doubt about that. J-Mac needs to work on his endurance and ability to get through the order the 2nd and 3rd time; the other two are exceptional starters for the middle of a staff. But the Pirates probably won’t have an ace-quality pitcher until that kid from UCLA matures in 2-3 yrs.

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