PITTSBURGH -- Kevin Correia wasn't happy when Wandy Rodriguez arrived from Houston and forced him out of the Pirates starting rotation. He'll get another chance to start on Tuesday, six days after he beat Arizona in a spot start. Manager Clint Hurdle said the move had as much to do with Correia's recent effectiveness as the need to give the staff plenty of rest. "I think this gives everybody a good opportunity, for the guys that have been on a regular routine, to catch a day," Hurdle said before Saturday's game against San Diego, the team's ninth contest in a span of 20 straight.
In his last nine outings, Correia is 7-0 with a 4.56 ERA. His next scheduled appearance pushes Rodriguez to Wednesday and James McDonald to Thursday. With Correia and recent callup Jeff Locke, the Pirates have seven pitchers on the roster who are capable of starting. The staff has generally avoided serious injuries, too, all of which has Hurdle liking the club's current position. "You like to feel that there's depth, and there's usable depth," said Hurdle, who doesn't project that any of his pitchers will reach 200-plus innings. "The season, it continues to present challenges. Knock on wood, we've still had everybody healthy, [except] for the first little wave we had where we lost Charlie [Morton] for the season, and Jeff [Karstens]. "Since then, we haven't had any physical ailments that deplete or take away from our starting rotation depth, so there's some security there, without a doubt." Morton underwent Tommy John surgery on June 14. Karstens missed two months but returned from the disabled list on June 25. Since then, he's 4-1 with a 3.60 ERA in eight starts.