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Pirates rule out Paul Maholm, Kevin Correia for rest of season

Sep 6, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

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The Pirates shifted rotation mainstays Paul Maholm and Kevin Correia to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, officially bringing their seasons to an end.

Maholm went on the DL on Aug. 20 with a left shoulder strain after going 6-14 with a 3.66 ERA in 26 starts, leaving the Pirates with a tough decision to make this winter.  His option for 2012 is worth $9.75 million, which seems excessive for a guy who is 53-73 lifetime.  Maholm, though, had a career-best ERA this year, and he had made at least 29 starts in each of his previous five full seasons.  He’d likely land a multiyear deal as a free agent if the Pirates let him go.

Correia, a surprise All-Star, ended his year 12-11 with a 4.79 ERA.  He’s been sidelined since Aug. 19 with a strained oblique muscle.  Correia was 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA after two months, but he faded fast from there and went 1-5 over his last eight starts.

The Pirates made the moves today to help create room for callups.  Brought back to the majors were third baseman Pedro Alvarez, left-hander Aaron Thompson and left-hander Daniel Moskos.  Left-hander Jeff Locke and right-hander Jared Hughes will make their major league debuts.

  1. taz101 - Sep 6, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    I’m sure you meant Daniel Moskos.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:03 PM

      Whoops. Thanks.

  2. taz101 - Sep 6, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Not a problem, sir. A little nit-picky, yes, but I’d hate to see one minor name gaffe take anything away from an otherwise excellent write-up.

    Thank you for the information.

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