July 4, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Kevin Correia (29) throws against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
Kevin Correia was booted from the Pirates' rotation when Wandy Rodriguez arrived, but he'll make a spot start next week.
Kevin Correia's departure from the Pirates' rotation when the Bucs added Wandy Rodriguez was controversial, but it appears that Correia will still get to make a start or two with the team as it marches deeper into the fog.
The Pirates' series against the Reds, which began Friday, marked the start of a span of 20 straight days without a day off. On top of that, Pirates starters James McDonald and Erik Bedard have been shaky recently. So the Bucs will give Correia a start and give everyone else an extra day of rest.
That means the Pirates' starting pitchers for the Bucs' four-game home set against Arizona (which begins Monday at 7:05) will be Bedard, Jeff Karstens, then Correia, then Rodriguez. McDonald and then A.J. Burnett would then presumably be up next to start against the Padres next Friday and Saturday.
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