• Pirates acquire McDonald from D-Backs

    Summary of 3 articles · Updated Mar 20, 2013
    McDonald will make $1.5 million this year and can be a free agent at the end of the season. The Arizona Diamondbacks traded shortstop John McDonald to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash, giving the Pirates some much-needed infield depth. "He's a very accomplished defensive player and a veteran presence," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. d'Arnaud has thumb surgery, placed on 60-day DL LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Chase d'Arnaud, who appeared on track to make the Pirates' Opening Day roster, had surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his left thumb on Monday at the Cleveland Clinic. He's been through the battles of a Major League season and we expect he's going to give us some versatility off the bench and we can rest [starting shortstop] Clint Barmes when appropriate.

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