PITTSBURGH - The Pirates have started giving some of their younger players additional playing time in September. Elias Diaz has started every non-Gerrit Cole outing so far this month. Max Moroff has received the bulk of the time at second since Josh Harrison went down. Jordan Luplow is getting regular starts in the outfield. When the team needed a backup first baseman, they turned to Jose Osuna over John Jaso.
The trials are also extending to the rotation. We saw Steven Brault make a spot start for Ivan Nova this week. That will be a one time thing for now, as Nova will return to the rotation on Sunday. Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington discussed that process on Sunday with reporters in Pittsburgh, including our own Alan Saunders.
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