Jared Hughes

Pirates Notebook: Jared Hughes Rides Again

Jared Hughes

They said he would never return. Who said that? Well… (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Clint Hurdle had only one hope left. He tossed aside the morning paper, headline splashed “PIRATES LOSE 13-0,” and hopped into his pickup truck. He took the fast lane, following the signs for Indianapolis.

“Well, the man did say he wanted to get away from it all,” he thought.

Clint’s truck climbed up the dirt road, and he spotted the tall man chopping wood. He didn’t want to have to ask him to pitch again, but desperate times…

“Jared!” Clint shouted. “We need you back! Vic Black can’t pitch for the next two days!

“I know you said you would never come back, but will you give it one last go? For me?”

Jared dropped the axe, wiped the sweat off his brow. Then he smiled.

“Awesome!” he responded smiling. “Let’s go!”

Off they went to fight their toughest enemy of all, the Colorado Rockies.

But Actually

So that didn’t really happen, but Jared Hughes returns to the Pirates to replace Vic Black, who made three appearances but would not return until at least Sunday after throwing 41 pitches Thursday night.

The 28-year-old reliever was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on June 8 and missed 47 games. Though the injury was a setback for Hughes, it had a positive in keeping the right-hander fresh to pitch these final two months of the season.

“I took 10 days of not even touching the ball, and my shoulder healed up after that,” Hughes said. “I have less innings, there’s less wear and tear. Hopefully I will be able to take as much a burden as they need me to, go out there and eat innings.”

Hurdle said every report on Hughes’ rehab (where he pitched 10.2 scoreless innings) was that his fastball had good late life, an improvement from when he was last in the Majors.

“Maybe injury played into that,” Hurdle said, adding that Hughes showed the ability to pitch multiple innings on his rehab.

Hughes owns a 3.32 ERA and 4.13 FIP in 103 Major League innings, and he knows his gameplan for when he takes the mound at PNC Park.

“I’m a sinker-ball pitcher, and I’m gonna go out there and throw sinkers,” Hughes said. “The biggest thing is being able to command the sinker. That was there.”

Bonus Notes!

  • Vic Black does not need to make many adjustments in his return to Triple-A, Hurdle said. He showed the ability to enter in situations besides the 9th, to warm up and sit back down and flash his two-plane curveball. “[He’ll] throw that breaking ball wherever he wants to, because he can.”
  • Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez (left forearm tightness) threw again Friday and gave Hurdle a thumbs up.
  • Pirates GM Neal Huntington has talked to Hurdle in his quest to find a third catcher to replace Michael McKenry the rest of 2013, looking for a minor-league backstop who has Major League experience to back up Russell Martin and Tony Sanchez. The manager said one of their catching targets was acquired by another team.
  • The team has no current plans to teach Tony Sanchez any other position other than catcher.
  • Hurdle on Friday night starter Gerrit Cole: “He seems to have that other gear like a small number of pitchers have. You’ll see it 92, 94, 95, 93, 95… 98, 99. I don’t know how that happens.” He compared the phenomenon to Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg.
  • Hurdle on the hustle of Jose Tabata: “He has improved… effort, attitude. The man is engaged.”
  • Hurdle called Colorado’s probable starters Jhoulys ChacinJorge De La Rosa and Juan Nicasio the Rockies’ three best starting pitchers.

Share This Article

James Santelli

James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person. Google

Pirates Notebook: Tony Sanchez Acknowledges “Long Road” to Majors

Next Story »

Pirates Notebook Exclusive: Jeff Locke “Stands Behind” Lack of Trades

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Hurdle on the hustle of Jose Tabata: “He has improved… effort, attitude. The man is engaged.”

    Jose is engaged again? Hopefully not to a FIFTY year old woman!!!!

    :)

Latest Analysis

  • Austin Meadows

    Austin Meadows Lowered His Hand Position to Add More Power

    15 hours ago

    Ever since he was drafted, Austin Meadows was regarded as a prospect with power that you could dream about. He drew comps to Jay Bruce in the ...

    Read More
  • Tarpley Brault

    Will the Snider Trade Result in the Pirates Finally Having a Left-Handed Starting Prospect?

    1 day ago

    Despite adding plenty of pitching through the draft over the last several years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been short on the amount of quality left-handed pitching in their ...

    Read More
  • Connor Joe 2

    Meet Connor Joe: The First Round Pick You Know Nothing About

    2 days ago

    This site is now in its seventh year of existence. For the last four years, I’ve been doing this full-time, allowing me to see every affiliate throughout the year, along ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    What is the Difference Between Mel Rojas and Keon Broxton?

    2 days ago

    Mel Rojas Jr. was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2010 MLB draft. The son of the former big league closer had ...

    Read More
  • Jose Tabata

    The Details of Jose Tabata’s New Swing

    4 days ago

    On Friday I wrote about how Jose Tabata talked to Marlon Byrd over the off-season, aimed at changing his swing to add some leverage, lift the ball, ...

    Read More
  • (Photo Credit: David Hague)

    What Led to Keon Broxton’s Breakout Year in Altoona?

    5 days ago

    Keon Broxton used to be one of the top prospects in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system. Baseball America ranked him as high as tenth in the system ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More

    Advertisement