The Mystery Surrounding Alen Hanson’s Time Off
Jun25

The Mystery Surrounding Alen Hanson’s Time Off

Alen Hanson has been out for the past five games due to an unknown reason. John Dreker reported that it wasn’t injury related. Today, Cory Giger reported that Hanson was out due to undisclosed disciplinary reasons. SS Alen Hanson must be buried deep in doghouse since he's missing 5th straight game for #AltoonaCurve cause of undisclosed discipline issue. — Cory Giger (@CoryGiger) June 25, 2014 This is not the first time...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Acquire Minor League Pitcher John Holdzkom, A.J. Morris to the DL
Jun25

Minor Moves: Pirates Acquire Minor League Pitcher John Holdzkom, A.J. Morris to the DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired minor league right-hander John Holdzkom, who has been assigned to the Altoona Curve, per an Altoona press release. I was trying to find information on Holdzkom and how he came into the organization, and found this article from the Amarillo Globe-News saying he was sold to the Pirates over the weekend. Holdzkom had a 1.17 ERA with seven strikeouts in 7.2 innings. He’s 6′ 7″, 225...

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Gerrit Cole Will Return From the DL and Start For Pirates on Saturday
Jun25

Gerrit Cole Will Return From the DL and Start For Pirates on Saturday

Gerrit Cole, who has been on the disabled list with right shoulder fatigue, will return on Saturday, and will be making the start for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the New York Mets. Pirates’ manager Clint Hurdle said that the team was still figuring out what that would do to the rotation. “We’re in discussions right now about what that will do to the rotation,” Hurdle said. Hurdle didn’t comment on...

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Starling Marte Clears Concussive Tests
Jun25

Starling Marte Clears Concussive Tests

Clint Hurdle met with the media today, and said that Pittsburgh Pirates left-fielder Starling Marte had cleared the concussive tests this morning. Marte was injured last night after taking a knee to the head sliding into second base. “We’re going to give him a day to slow down,” Hurdle said. Marte is out of the lineup today, and Hurdle said that he won’t play at all, even as a replacement. His eventual return...

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First Pitch: The 2014 Version of Jeff Locke Looks Like the Real Deal
Jun25

First Pitch: The 2014 Version of Jeff Locke Looks Like the Real Deal

Last year Jeff Locke was an All-Star in the first half. His 2.15 ERA looked like the numbers of a top of the rotation pitcher. And none of it would last. We threw around the word “regression” last year, talking about how Locke wouldn’t continue pitching the way he was pitching. He had a 3.80 FIP and a 4.21 xFIP in the first half, which suggested the strong ERA wouldn’t last. It didn’t, although Locke went...

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