‘Walk on Wednesday’: James McDonald’s Mysterious Struggles
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pirates broadcaster and former pitcher Bob Walk joined the guys on The Fan Morning Show today for his weekly spot “Walk on Wednesday” after an incredibly busy July 31 for the Bucs.
Bob felt that even if Neal Huntington wanted to make a big splash at the trade deadline by landing a corner outfielder, the price simply wasn’t right.
“It has a lot do to with the asking price for some of these corner outfielders. It was just more than the Pirates are willing to pay,” Walk said.
He said that Kevin Correia seems to have calmed down a bit since requesting a trade after being moved from the rotation to the bullpen.
“Yesterday, I noticed just glancing down a couple times during batting practice and stuff he seemed to be his old self. He definitely had an attitude problem- it looked like to me- down in Houston. But maybe, after a couple days, he’s okay with that right now,” Walk said.
He also addressed the recent struggles of James McDonald, who seems to be slipping after a phenomenal first half of the season.
“I don’t know if he’s physically okay. I have no reason to believe he’s not. The other day, Clint [Hurdle] was saying how fresh he looked so I don’t think it’s a physical injury-type thing. Now, it could be a physical mechanics-type deal. If it’s a mechanical thing, that’s fixable in the bullpen,” Walk said.
The interview can he heard here: