Notes: Jack Taschner returns, Barthmaier, Aguero, Moreno injury updates

A few notes before the game tonight…

-The Pirates activated Jack Taschner from the 15-day disabled list last night, and optioned Steven Jackson to AAA.

-Jimmy Barthmaier has been moved from Bradenton to Altoona in his rehab assignment.  Barthmaier made two appearances with Bradenton, combining for three innings, one run, one hit, no walks, and one strikeout.

-Ramon Aguero started his rehab assignment with Bradenton.  Aguero spent the 2009 season between West Virginia, Bradenton, and Altoona.  He should return to Altoona once he’s healthy.

-Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates are one of several teams pursuing top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  Heredia can’t be signed until July 2nd.  He’s 6′ 4″, right handed, and has four “plus” pitches (fastball, changeup, curveball, slider).

-Kovacevic also reports that Diego Moreno should be back by this weekend, and that his shoulder injury isn’t serious.

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  • Mornacale

    There is a small flaw in your analysis: you didn’t remove starts against the Pirates from the NL average. I don’t think it ought to make a significant difference, but it’s there.

    • Randy Linville

      Good call – you are right. I should’ve pulled out the starts against Pittsburgh for the NL average. Simple enough to do and here are the numbers:
      ERA – 3.87
      BB/9 – 3.0
      K/9 – 7.3
      K/BB – 2.45
      WHIP – 1.314

      Not a huge difference – moving the ERA from 3.80 to 3.87.

  • salempirate

    Impressive. Since this poor season’s showings vs. above average starters I’ve been thinking about past years. IIRC the Pirates have more than showed better than expected results in those contests. Maybe it’s my flawed memory (highly likely!) or my very low expectations vs. those well regarded guys that we may have (even slightly) exceeded.
    Any way you look at the ’12 offense, it’s pitiful. With such a thin bench, I don’t see wasting a PH on a pitcher when the object is a sacrifice bunt. At one time, Hurdle must have put down a successful bunt on a squeeze play and he remembers it as the most exciting play ever. The longer this season goes, the less impressive he gets to me.

    • Randy Linville

      The Pirates efforts against top hurlers would be interesting to study. I’m trying to think if I can shirk my responsibilities this weekend and put something together. It isn’t looking good…