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Pirates Notes: Pittsburgh Looking Within for Starters

June 2, 2012: Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (13; right) looks on during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
June 2, 2012: Milwaukee, WI, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle (13; right) looks on during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

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:

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.

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Do the Pirates need to add a starter from outside the organization?

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