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Pirates Activate Brendan Donnelly, Place Jack Taschner on DL

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PITTSBURGH - APRIL 18: Brendan Donnelly #53 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the game on April 18, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - APRIL 18: Brendan Donnelly #53 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the game on April 18, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Jack Taschner hits the DL with a very convenient "tight left hamstring," as Brendan Donnelly returns from his own DL stint. Taschner hadn't been used much recently and hadn't been effective when he did pitch--he allowed four runs on Monday and hadn't struck out a batter for almost two weeks. Donnelly was off to a poor start this season before getting hurt, but he'll hopefully be an upgrade on Taschner anyway. After all the talk over the past week or so about how great the Meek-Hanrahan-Dotel troika has been, Donnelly will surely move into a lower-leverage role. Brian Burres and Jeff Karstens will remain with the team for now.