Hurdle still considering shuffling rotation order

Hurdle still considering shuffling rotation order

PITTSBURGH -- Monday's off-day gave Pirates manager Clint Hurdle a chance to tinker with the order of his starting rotation, but at this point, even he's not sure what changes, if any, will happen.

Hurdle said before Tuesday's game against Minnesota that there have been internal discussions regarding the starting rotation.

"We'll probably have more information somewhere along the lines tomorrow for you," Hurdle said.

One likelihood is that the Pirates are exploring possibilities of working around Brad Lincoln, who has struggled through three straight starts. As of now, Lincoln's turn would come up again on Saturday.

Kevin Correia will start against the Twins on Tuesday. Correia (2-6, 4.43 ERA) hasn't won in PNC Park since June 22, 2011.

"There's a lot of places you can go with your focus, but you need to take your focus where you need to take it," Hurdle said of the right-hander. "He needs to take it on throwing quality strikes tonight, pitching in the zone, attacking these hitters. If his focus is anywhere else, he's really not putting his focus where it needs to be."

Southpaw Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.36 ERA) is scheduled to follow Correia on Wednesday, with right-hander James McDonald (5-3, 2.32 ERA) taking the hill in the series finale Thursday.