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Righty McCutchen on DL with arm fatigue

Righty McCutchen on DL with arm fatigue

PHILADELPHIA -- Starter Daniel McCutchen has been placed on the Minor League disabled list with right arm fatigue. McCutchen, who started the season in the Pirates' rotation, is expected to miss only one or two starts because of the injury.

The arm issue surfaced after McCutchen was knocked around in his start Saturday. The right-hander gave up seven runs on 12 hits in six innings. Since being demoted to Triple-A in late April, McCutchen has allowed 13 earned runs and 30 hits in 24 1/3 innings.

Other Minor League items of interest:

• Double-A right-hander Jared Hughes was named the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 and allowing one earned run in 14 innings last week. Hughes, a fourth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, entered Monday leading all Minor League pitchers with seven wins.

• Top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln retired the first 16 batters in his outing for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, but took the loss after giving up a three-run homer. Lincoln allowed just those three runs in seven innings. He finished with a career-high 10 strikeouts.

• The Pirates have promoted right-hander Hunter Strickland to high Class A Bradenton (Fla)., where he will take the rotation spot left vacant when Bryan Morris was promoted to Double-A on Sunday. Strickland, whom the organization acquired from the Red Sox in exchange for Adam LaRoche last year, had allowed 28 earned runs in 43 innings with low Class A West Virginia this year.

• Victor Black has been placed on West Virginia's roster and is cleared to begin his season. Black, whom the Pirates drafted as a first-round supplemental Draft pick last June, tweaked his lat muscle in Spring Training and has been sidelined since.

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