J-Mac to pitch Wed, but will be monitored
James McDonald will start on Wednesday against the Cardinals, but he will be monitored throughout the game. The Pirates said they will be watching J-Mac’s pitch efficiency –not a specific pitch count.
Wednesday’s start will be his final of the season. McDonald has already logged 41.1 more innings this season (134.2 IP) compared to 2009.
“He’s got one more start and he really, really wants to make it,” Russell said. “I respect that. I think his next start he should be much more efficient.”