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Kevin Correia starting Monday after pitching in relief on Sunday

Aug 20, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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Here’s something you don’t see very often. After throwing 24 pitches over two innings of shutout relief in yesterday’s 19-inning marathon against the Cardinals, Kevin Correia will make the start tonight against the Padres.

Correia was originally scheduled to return to the bullpen this week, but plans changed after Monday’s scheduled starter Wandy Rodriguez notched the win yesterday by throwing 32 pitches over two shutout frames. According to Paul Casella of, Correia will be the first Pirate since Pascual Perez in 1981 to pitch in relief one day and then start the next day.

The Pirates recalled right-hander Kyle McPherson and left-hander Justin Wilson from Triple-A Indianapolis this afternoon to provide some insurance to their taxed bullpen. Correia only figures to pitch a few innings, so either or both could make their major league debuts tonight.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    I just wanted to give D.J. some credit for working in Pascual Perez.
    A name I hadn’t heard in a looong time.

    • joshfrancis50 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Kudos to DJ, but Craig would have had a picture of him in his jheri curl glory.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        Hahaha! The Curley’s vs. the Mullets. Outstanding!

  2. gloccamorra - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Perez had his best years as a starter for the Braves. I’m surprised Craig didn’t step in to point out that Perez played only two partial seasons with the Pirates.

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