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James McDonald | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right

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James McDonald has elected to become a free agent.
McDonald was outrighted off the Cubs' 40-man roster on Wednesday and had the option to test the open market, so he took it. The 30-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2014 season due to a shoulder injury. Wed, Oct 29, 2014 04:09:00 PM

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Cubs placed RHP James McDonald on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.

McDonald downplayed his shoulder injury a couple weeks ago, but obviously it's more serious than he let on. Given that he battled shoulder issues last year, as well, it's no surprise that the Cubs are playing it safe.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 03:57:00 PM

James McDonald told reporters on Tuesday that he is merely battling shoulder tendinitis.

McDonald was lifted from a Cactus League appearance on Monday after experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder. Tendinitis is nothing major, but McDonald also had shoulder problems last season and wound up posting a 5.76 ERA in 29 2/3 innings with the Pirates. He's doubtful to be a reliable rotation option this year for the Cubs.
Tue, Mar 18, 2014 04:53:00 PM

James McDonald was diagnosed with right shoulder soreness.

This after he left Monday's Cactus League appearance after throwing just two pitches. It's a troubling development given McDonald's past shoulder issues.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 04:59:00 PM

James McDonald left Monday's Cactus League start with an apparent injury.

McDonald left the mound with a trainer after his second pitch sailed to the backstop. This would seem to indicate a possible arm issue, but that's just speculation for now. The Cubs should pass along an update soon.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 04:23:00 PM

James McDonald was much better in his second Cactus League start for the Cubs, tossing a pair of scoreless innings in Friday's win over the Angels.

McDonald who had a brutal debut last week, allowed just one hit in his two frames. While he remains highly-talented, his consistency the remainder of the spring could be the deciding factor on whether he wins a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 11:09:00 PM

James McDonald had an underwhelming Cactus League debut with the Cubs on Friday, allowing six runs on three hits and three walks in only one inning of work.

McDonald surrendered a pair of home runs in the forgettable outing, including a grand slam to Mike Trout. The once highly-touted prospect is expected to compete for a spot in the Cubs rotation this spring, but he certainly hasn't done anything to earn that spot just yet.
Fri, Feb 28, 2014 09:41:00 PM

Cubs signed RHP James McDonald to a one-year, $1 million contract.

It was originally reported as a minor league deal, but the 29-year-old right-hander actually got some guaranteed money. He will compete for a spot in the Cubs' rotation this spring after flaming out with the Pirates in 2013. McDonald owns a 4.20 career ERA.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 03:10:00 PM

Cubs signed RHP James McDonald to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

McDonald made just six starts for the Pirates last season, posting a 5.76 ERA while also battling shoulder issues. He flashed plenty of upside for them from 2011-12, though, posting a 4.21 ERA while striking out 293 over 342 frames. McDonald should get a shot to compete for a rotation spot with the Cubs but could wind up in the bullpen. It's a solid no-risk move for Chicago.
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 04:17:00 PM

James McDonald refused his assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis and has elected to become a free agent.

It was somewhat surprising to see McDonald go unclaimed on waivers after he was designated for assignment last week, but now any team is free to sign him without being on the hook for his remaining salary this season. Still just 28-years-old, there should be several teams willing to take him on as a reclamation project.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 01:34:00 PM

Pirates sent RHP James McDonald outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

It's a tad surprising that McDonald cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, as he still has plenty of talent in spite of how poorly he's pitched since last year's All-Star break. Evidently no one wanted to pick up what remained of his $3.025 million price tag for the rest of the season when they knew he'll be non-tendered over the winter.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 08:31:00 AM

Pirates designated RHP James McDonald for assignment.

My, how the mighty have fallen. The 28-year-old former top prospect posted a brilliant 9-3 record, 2.37 ERA and 100/31 K/BB ratio before the All-Star break a season ago, but since then has delivered an abysmal 5.90 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 108 1/3 innings. He's been sidelined since June 21 due to shoulder discomfort, recently progressing to a minor league rehab assignment this week. He's still talented enough to where there should be a team willing to give him a spot on their 40-man roster.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 03:20:00 PM

James McDonald (shoulder) has been sent to Triple-A Indianapolis to begin a rehab assignment.

Out since June 21 due to lingering shoulder discomfort, McDonald is probably only a few clean outings from returning to the Buccos in a bullpen role. The right-hander logged an ugly 5.76 ERA and 1.65 WHIP over 29 2/3 innings earlier this season.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 01:44:00 PM

James McDonald (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday.

McDonald is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game this week before possibly being sent on a rehab assignment. Out since June 21 due to lingering shoulder discomfort, he should return in a relief role when healthy.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 05:02:00 PM

James McDonald (shoulder) is tentatively scheduled to resume a throwing program next week.

McDonald hasn't pitched since June 21 due to lingering discomfort in his pitching shoulder. Even if he progresses well from here on out, he doesn't figure to be activated until well into August.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 10:26:00 AM

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