Hardball Talk "After being designated for assignment by the Pirates last weekend right-hander James McDonald is now free to sign with any team. McDonald passed through waivers unclaimed and opted for free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to the minors. The 28-year-old hasn’t pitched in the..." September 14
Boom. #Pirates have DFA'd rhp James McDonald after reinstating him from DL.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates placed James McDonald on the 15-day disabled list this afternoon after the pitcher complained of discomfort in his right shoulder. Jeanmar Gomez will make a spot start in McDonald's place tonight against the Seattle Mariners. The Pirates made the announcement a little more than two..." May 07
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Struggling pitcher James McDonald insists he is healthy and, for now, the Pirates are inclined to believe him. “I'm fine,” McDonald said Tuesday. “It's just one of those times when my body just doesn't feel too well and I have to battle through it. My body feels a little beat up. Long road..." April 17
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Most of the questions about the Pirates' starting rotation this season revolve around health. The questions about James McDonald, however, revolve around consistency. Which McDonald will the Pirates see Thursday when the No. 3 starter makes his 2013 debut: the guy who began the 2012 season..." April 04