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Williams scratched, Musgrove to start Saturday


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Trevor Williams - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Trevor Williams has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday night against the Phillies at PNC Park because of severe flulike symptoms and Joe Musgrove will take his place.

The Pirates made the announcement during Friday night’s game with the Phillies. Musgrove (6-8, 4.31) will face Zach Eflin (7-9, 4.16) at 7:05 p.m.

Musgrove was originally scheduled to start against the Phillies on Sunday in the finale of the three-game series. The Pirates did not announce their rotation plans beyond Saturday.

This continues an eventful season for Williams. He missed a month with a strain in his right side, was scratched from a scheduled start two weeks ago when placed on the paternity list and now has been stricken with the flu.

Williams is 3-3 with a 5.17 ERA in 13 starts this season but just 1-2 with a 9.53 ERA in four outings since being activated from the injured list June 19. He has pitched only once in the last 18 days because of his paternity leave and last week’s four-day break for the All-Star Game.

Williams had a breakout season last year when he went 14-10 with a 3.11 ERA in 31 starts. He had a fabulous second half, going 7-3 with a 1.38 ERA in 12 starts following the All-Star break.

Musgrove last pitched Monday against the Cardinals at St. Louis, taking the loss as he allowed five runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Prior to that, he was 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in his previous seven starts.

The Pirates were in line to start rookie Dario Agrazal, Chris Archer, Jordan Lyles and Williams in a four-game series against the Cardinals that begins Monday night at PNC Park.

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