3/17 James McDonald update
James McDonald, a candidate for the fifth spot in the Cubs rotation, had to leave Monday’s game in Phoenix after throwing two pitches. McDonald, who started against the Athletics, was bothered by soreness in his right shoulder. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
“He’s shaking his arm when we went out there just to talk to him,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria told reporters in Phoenix. “ He felt that his arm wasn’t feeling right, so we just said, ‘OK, we’ll just not take any chances. Let’s go ahead and take him in and he’ll be evaluated.’”
McDonald was a candidate for the fifth starter spot, and there are only two weeks remaining in Spring Training.
“There are any number of ways we can do it,” Renteria said about building endurance. “ But right now, as it stands, I just want to make sure he’s OK.”
McDonald was limited to six games last season with the Pirates because of shoulder issues, and posted a 2-2 record and 5.76 ERA. Pittsburgh designated him for assignment in September, and outrighted him to Triple-A Indianapolis but McDonald refused the assignment, and elected free agency.
– Carrie Muskat