Tweaks to Bucs' rotation may be on horizon

Tweaks to Bucs' rotation may be on horizon

Tweaks to Bucs' rotation may be on horizon
ST. LOUIS -- The upcoming series in San Diego will still be part of the Pirates' ongoing stretch of 20 consecutive playing days, for which they have been using a six-man starting rotation. In that sense, the pitching order against the Padres would be Kevin Correia, Wandy Rodriguez and A.J. Burnett.

However, the club has not yet announced its starters for that series, suggesting there will be a change.

"It may be changed. It may be the same," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said prior to Saturday afternoon's game here. "I'll tell you as soon as I've told the pitchers involved."

The three games in San Diego will end the string of 20 straight games, so the Pirates could resume a five-man rotation, meaning the removal again of Correia.

Hurdle could also simply again be considering juggling Burnett's spot so he remains on the fifth-day schedule he prefers. Moving Burnett into the Tuesday start would defer Rodriguez to Wednesday, when he would be pitching with six days' rest.

That very well could be the plan for Rodriguez, who has lost all three of his decisions with the Pirates and has an ERA of 5.47 for his four starts since being acquired from Houston. A sixth day of rest was also arranged for James McDonald before he blanked the Cardinals for six innings in Friday night's 2-1 win.