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55 James McDonald SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/205 | Birthdate: 10/19/1984 | Birthplace: Long Beach, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Chicago | College: Golden West Coll. CA (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $3,025,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 853.00
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James McDonald placed on 60-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) Cubs pitcher James McDonald has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

McDonald is dealing with shoulder inflammation this spring, and will need time to get healthy. He missed most of last year due to a shoulder issue. He posted a 5.76 ERA in 29 2/3 innings last year.


James McDonald to wait a few days before throwing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Cubs starting pitcher James McDonald said he is dealing with inflammation/tendinitis symptoms in his right shoulder, per CSN Chicago. He said he will wait a few days before throwing again.

James McDonald to be evaluated Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Cubs pitcher James McDonald, who was lifted from Monday's game after just two pitches due to shoulder soreness, will be evaluated on Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

"He's shaking his arm when we went out there just to talk to him," manager Rick Renteria told reporters after the loss. "He felt that his arm wasn't feeling right, so we just said, 'OK, we'll just not take any chances. Let's go ahead and take him in and he'll be evaluated.'"

McDonald made just six appearances last season while dealing with shoulder issues.


James McDonald removed with right shoulder soreness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Cubs starting pitcher James McDonald was taken out after two pitches during Monday's spring start against the Athletics because of right shoulder soreness. He was charged with a walk after Yao-Lin Wang walked Coco Crisp.

James McDonald walks five Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2014) Cubs pitcher James McDonald allowed two earned runs on two hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings in Wednesday's start against the Mariners.

McDonald's shaky spring continues. He coughed up two home runs while walking three in his spring debut before putting together two scoreless innings his last time out then reverting back to mediocrity Wednesday. He owns a 12.71 ERA and 0:8 K:BB ratio through 5 2/3 innings, and his chance to win the final spot in the team's rotation could be fading away.


James McDonald pitches two scoreless innings vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Cubs pitcher James McDonald surrendered just one hit in two scoreless innings in his team's 3-2 win over the Angels Friday.

It was a bounce-back effort for McDonald after being rocked for six earned runs in his first appearance of the spring. He could open the season as the team's No. 5 starter if he continues to take steps forward as opening day approaches.


James McDonald rocked in first spring appearance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Cubs pitcher James McDonald surrendered six earned runs on three hits and three walks in one inning of work in his team's 15-3 loss to the Angels Friday.

All the damage came in a nine-run fourth inning, and McDonald, who gave up two home runs, was pulled without recording an out in the frame after pitching a scoreless third. He was limited to 29 2/3 innings last season due to shoulder issues.


James McDonald throws batting practice Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Cubs pitcher James McDonald threw live batting practice Friday, marking the first time he's faced a batter in about 10 months, MLB.com reports.

"This is the first time I was throwing without thinking about my arm in a while," said McDonald. "I was like, 'OK, my arm feels good.' It was fun to be able to get out there and throw off the mound to a hitter."

McDonald made just six starts in 2013 due to shoulder issues, going 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA and 25:20 K:BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings with the Pirates.


Cubs announce signing of James McDonald


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2014) Veteran right-hander James McDonald is set with the Cubs. He has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with incentives. He is under team control through 2015, per WSCR-AM.

McDonald lost most of 2013 to a shoulder injury, but went 21-17 with a 4.21 ERA the previous two years combined as a full-time starter with Pittsburgh.


Cubs sign James McDonald to minor-league deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) The Cubs have signed pitcher James McDonald to a minor-league deal.

McDonald missed most of last season due to a shoulder injury. He'll compete for a job on the 25-man roster during the spring. McDonald posted a 5.76 ERA in 29 2/3 innings last year. 


James McDonald becomes free agent


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2013) Pitcher James McDonald refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis and has elected to become a free agent. McDonald went unclaimed when he was put on waivers by the Pirates. 

James McDonald sent to Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Pirates starter James McDonald has been sent to Triple-A Indianapolis.

McDonald was designated for assignment September 7, but cleared waivers. He's been limited most of the year due to a shoulder injury. McDonald has a 5.76 ERA in 29 2/3 innings. 


James McDonald designated for assignment


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) The Pirates have decided to designate pitcher James McDonald for assignment Saturday to make room for Brandon Cumpton, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

McDonald was just reinstated from the disabled list from a shoulder injury. He was expected to rejoin the team as a reliever, but the Pirates have instead put him on waivers.

James McDonald begins rehab


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Pirates pitcher James McDonald is starting his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis.

McDonald may attempt to return in a relief role. He's been sidelined since May 1 with a shoulder injury. He has a 5.76 ERA in 29 2/3 innings. 


James McDonald working toward returning as reliever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said starting pitcher James McDonald (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday and is scheduled for a simulated game this week, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. If McDonald returns, it will be in a relief role.

"Word from Florida is that he feels great and he’s anxious to get competing again," Huntington said.


James McDonald could return as reliever


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Pirates pitcher James McDonald is working at the team's spring training facility in Florida and could return as a relief pitcher, the Beaver County Times reports. He's been out since April 30 and is working his way back from a shoulder injury.

McDonald has made just one relief appearance since pitching primarily as a reliever for the Dodgers in 2009. He is 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 25:20 K:BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings over six starts.


James McDonald ready to throw off mound


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald (shoulder) is slated to begin throwing off a mound with a side session Monday, according to MLB.com. He has been out since early May with shoulder discomfort.

James McDonald to resume throwing next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald, on the 15-day disabled list, will resume a throwing program next week, according to general manager Neal Huntington. He has not thrown since receiving a diagnosis on his right shoulder injury in late June.

There remains no timetable for McDonald's return to the mound, and he has not pitched in a game since April 30.

James McDonald shifted to 60-day disabled list


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2013) The Pirates moved James McDonald to the 60-day disabled list Friday, to make room on the 40-man roster for the acquisition of Russ Canzler. The move is a strictly procedural one, as McDonald already has been on the disabled list for longer than 60 days.

James McDonald has no structural damage


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald has no structural damage to his shoulder, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He will not pitch for two weeks, then start up his throwing program again.

James McDonald seeking answers for shoulder


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2013) Pirates starting pitcher James McDonald received a diagnosis on his right shoulder injury from the team doctor Saturday, but he would not tell MLB.com what that diagnosis was. McDonald will likely wait until after receiving a second opinion Tuesday before revealing the extent of his injury. 

McDonald has been on the disabled list since early May due to this injury. 


James McDonald will not see Dr. James Andrews


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2013) The Pirates announced that pitcher James McDonald will not visit Dr. James Andrews next week due to a scheduling conflict, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Tuesday.

McDonald has been on the disabled list since May 7 as he continues to recover from shoulder inflammation. He went 1-3 with a 6.53 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Indianapolis during his 30-day rehab period at Triple-A Indianapolis.

James McDonald to see Dr. Andrews


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2013) Pirates pitcher James McDonald will remain on the disabled list with shoulder pain and is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews next week.

McDonald has been out since May 1 with the injury. He had a 5.76 ERA through 29 2/3 innings. 


Pirates not impressed with James McDonald's rehab stint


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2013) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle called James McDonald's latest rehab start Friday "inconsistent, not sharp, similar to the one before," according to MLB.com.

McDonald allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six in six innings pitched. He is 1-3 with a 6.53 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates will have to decide his immediate future as his 30-day rehab period ends on June 25.


James McDonald could be moved to the bullpen


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2013) Pirates starter James McDonald might be sent to the bullpen when he returns from his shoulder injury, according to TribLive.com. 

McDonald has made three rehab starts, but hasn't fared well. He's given up 11 runs over 14 2/3 innings in those starts. The arrival of Gerrit Cole and the return of Charlie Morton may have pushed McDonald out of the team's rotation. General manager Neal Huntington did not deny the potential move, saying "as the clock ticks, we'll have to make the determination of where James best fits on this club."

McDonald has a 5.76 ERA and a 4.14 FIP through 29 2/3 innings.