Class AAA Indianapolis on Sunday. After that, the Pirates feel he will be ready to rejoin their
rotation for the first time since leaving his April 17 start at Arizona with a sore shoulder.
be one of two right-handers, either Kevin Correia or Brad Lincoln.
in the rotation Tuesday night when he pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings in a win over the Minnesota
Twins at PNC Park.
team,” Hurdle said. “I think he added and subtracted to his pitching velocities better than he has
in a long time. He threw a cutter, a slider, then some circle-changes and straight changes, so I
think he widened the gap of velocity for them to cover and just stayed in counts.”
pitched a grand total of 11 2/3 innings. He is 0-2 with a 10.03 ERA in those outings and shown
none of the promise that he did when he made a spot May 14 at Miami and beat the Marlins by
holding them to two runs in six innings.
not making any promises, he is hinting that the Pirates might want to continue taking a look at
Lincoln as a starter beyond this weekend.
wanted but I think we need to give this young man a chance to channel through the transition
a 2.60 ERA and a .668 OPS allowed.
themselves to see if he has any as a future starter. Remember, they made him the fourth overall
pick in the 2006 amateur draft over such pitchers as Brandon Morrow, Clayton Kershaw, Tim
Lincecum and Max Scherzer.