Though it never caused him to miss time, Maholm’s shoulder has given the lefty problems in the past. He told the media that while he’s dealt with the discomfort before, he’d rather shut it down now so as to not damage the shoulder any further.
“I’ve dealt with [shoulder pain] other years. It’s usually gone away, and I’ve done pretty well,” Maholm said. “This time, it just kept lingering and obviously, I don’t want to just keep pitching to pitch and do anything major to it.”
Pittsburgh’s decision may have been impacted by Maholm’s recent struggles. Over his 4 August starts, Maholm has allowed 17 runs in only 22.2 innings. During that span, Maholm’s surrendered 31 hits while watching his ERA balloon from 3.16 to 3.66.
To replace Maholm on their roster, the Pirates recalled left handed reliever Tony Watson.
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