Pirates’ rotation in limbo

first_imgOne-third of the way through exhibition play, there are as many questions as answers about the rotation. Currently, only Duke and Snell look to be locked in, though it would be a surprise if Gorzelanny and Maholm aren’t in the rotation when the season starts April 2. Gorzelanny, out for a month late last season because of a sore elbow, has been ineffective so far with a 14.21 ERA in three appearances. He made his first start of the spring Sunday, allowing four runs in the first inning of a 9-8 loss to the Cincinnati Reds before settling down to pitch two scoreless innings. “As we go along here, it’s something we’ve got to be mindful of – you don’t want to dig that type of hole for yourself,” Tracy said. The wild card in the competition is McLeary, who was 2-0 in five games late last season. He has a 3.86 ERA in seven innings this spring and has impressed Tracy with his determination to win a job. “It’s why we stay here until the end of March,” he said. When camp opened, the top four starters appeared set with right-hander Ian Snell and left-handers Zach Duke, Paul Maholm and Tom Gorzelanny. Right-handers Tony Armas, who signed a $3.5 million contract for this season, and Shawn Chacon were expected to compete for the other job. SARASOTA, Fla. – Maybe that Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation isn’t nearly as settled as it appeared to be when spring training opened last month. Manager Jim Tracy’s explanation for unforeseen developments, which include Marty McLeary greatly improving his chances for a spot in the starting rotation, is simple. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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