Gives Burnett an additional start at PNC Park, where he has won seven of eight decisions with an ERA more two runs lower than on the road (2.33 vs. 4.43).
Allows McDonald additional side-work time to figure out the glitches behind his 8.71 ERA since the All-Star break."We tried to figure out how our staff ace is best served," said Hurdle, referring to Burnett, "and adjust accordingly. Keeping the staff ace in a good place was at the top of the list [of considerations, but this] gives J-Mac an opportunity for another side session. The game in St. Louis will be a big game as well." Hurdle wouldn't commit to any long-range plans for Correia, who came back out of the bullpen to win his seventh straight decision last Wednesday. "We're evaluating everything day to day, start to start," Hurdle said. The Bucs would no longer need a six-man rotation when the current gauntlet of 20 consecutive playing dates ends on Aug. 22. The implication is either McDonald or Correia would be removed, depending on merit.