TC goes back with Pirates' James McDonald

May, 31, 2011
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Pittsburgh right-hander James McDonald opposes R.A. Dickey in Tuesday night's game at Citi Field. And Terry Collins, who formerly oversaw the Dodgers, farm system is most familiar with McDonald.

“When we signed James McDonald, he really was a good-looking young pitcher out of Long Beach City College,” Collins recalled. “And he hurt his arm his second year. He was athletic enough that it didn’t require surgery. It was rehab. He was athletic. We put him in the outfield. We made him an outfielder for two years. And the injury went away. We put him on the mound two years later and now he’s pitching in the big leagues and very successful.”

McDonald went to the Pirates from the Dodgers at last year's trading deadline for Octavio Dotel.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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