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Pirates Notebook: Clint Hurdle is Paying Attention to Cincinnati’s Bullpen Usage

Juan Nicasio will be used in multiple bullpen roles by the Pirates. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pirates Notebook: Clint Hurdle is Paying Attention to Cincinnati’s Bullpen Usage

PITTSBURGH — Cincinnati is experimenting with a new bullpen look in 2017. Reds manager Bryan Price has eschewed traditional roles for a group of receivers that can go multiple innings and pitch anywhere from the sixth inning to the ninth.

It’s a trend that may have gained steam with Cleveland manager Terry Francona’s use of Andrew Miller last season, and Price’s bullpen full of young arms provided fertile ground for a new idea.

“Don’t worry about saves, holds just help us shake hands after the game,” Price said on Monday.

Tony Cingrani led the team in saves in 2016, but so far it’s been Raisel Iglesias with three and Drew Storen with one this year. Iglesias had a 1 2/3 inning save on Tuesday and had a two-inning save earlier this season.

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