Following the announcement of the release of left-hander Erik Bedard, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters, including Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that his club is going to look within for starting pitching help, not to waivers:
When asked if— Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) August 28, 2012
#Pirates were looking to add a veteran pitcher via waivers, Clint Hurdle said primary focus is internal.
Pittsburgh has yet to say who will replace Bedard in their starting rotation. The club recalled infielder Chase d’Arnaud to fill the southpaw’s spot on their roster, and the four remaining starters were each bumped up a day.
While Bedard’s performance earned him his walking papers, other Pirates’ starters have struggled since the All-Star break.Prior to last night’s gem, right-hander James McDonald had seen his ERA climb from 2.37 on July 7 to 3.73 through August 22. Right-hander A.J. Burnett has also struggled this month, surrendering twenty-one runs in thirty-three innings, and mid-season acquisition Wandy Rodriguez has only mustered an ERA of 4.86 since joining the Pirates.
Do the Pirates need to add a starter from outside the organization?