Maholm to miss final start due to knee irritation

Maholm to miss final start due to knee irritation

MIAMI -- Following the Pirates' 11-9 loss on Thursday, the club announced that Paul Maholm will be unable to make his scheduled start against the Marlins on Friday due to left knee irritation. Daniel McCutchen will take the mound in Maholm's place.

This setback means that Maholm is done for 2010, his final start having come in the team's home finale last Sunday. The left-hander, who was seeking to become the Pirates' only 10-game winner this season, finishes the year with a 9-15 record and 5.10 ERA.

Maholm, who was not available for comment after the Pirates made the pitching change announcement, has had problems with his left knee before. He had surgery on it years ago and was hampered by soreness in that knee for part of the 2009 season.

This is the first start that Maholm will miss this season.

For McCutchen, this will be his ninth start of the year for the Pirates, though his first since Aug. 25. Since then, McCutchen has pitched out of the bullpen. He didn't throw more than 32 pitches in any of his nine relief appearances in September, so he will limited in how deep he can go on Friday.

McCutchen pitched in relief against Florida twice earlier this season and tossed a scoreless inning in each appearance.