Stetson Allie Placed on the DL; Altoona Suspensions Announced
Jun20

Stetson Allie Placed on the DL; Altoona Suspensions Announced

Stetson Allie has been placed on the Altoona disabled list with a concussion, retroactive 6/19. Kelson Brown has been activated off the DL to take Allie’s place on the roster. Allie was hit by a pitch on Wednesday, although he played another inning before being removed from the game. He was removed right after the brawl the next inning, so the injury could have taken place then. UPDATE: Cory Giger says it happened during the...

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Jason Grilli Removed From Closer Role
Jun20

Jason Grilli Removed From Closer Role

The Pittsburgh Pirates have removed Jason Grilli from the closer’s role, Clint Hurdle announced to the media this afternoon. Grilli will be replaced by Mark Melancon. Jenn Menendez says that Grilli will get work when the team is behind. Pirates Jason Grilli is being moved out of the closer role for now, said Mgr. Clint Hurdle. He'll get opportunities while club is behind. — Jenn Menendez (@JennMenendez) June 20, 2014...

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First Pitch: It’s Time For the Pirates to Make a Switch at Closer
Jun20

First Pitch: It’s Time For the Pirates to Make a Switch at Closer

Earlier today, Max Fogle wrote about the struggles that Jason Grilli has been having this year, breaking down some of the key problems that might be leading to the poor results. It was actually an article that Max had written before today’s game, and was originally set to go up tomorrow morning. However, with the blown save this afternoon, it seemed like an appropriate topic to discuss sooner, rather than later. Grilli...

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2014 Bristol Pirates Season Preview
Jun19

2014 Bristol Pirates Season Preview

Over the off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates added a new short-season team, joining the Appalachian League with the franchise in Bristol. The Appalachian League uses the MLB team names, and thus, the Bristol Pirates were born. The Pirates will only have one DSL team this year, rather than two in previous years. Because of this, they have essentially moved their second international team to the US. This can be shown by the large number...

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First Pitch: Where Will Josh Harrison Play When Neil Walker Returns?
Jun19

First Pitch: Where Will Josh Harrison Play When Neil Walker Returns?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have a tough decision on their hands shortly. Neil Walker will be returning soon, which means the team will need to find a spot for Josh Harrison to get playing time. Last month, I wrote about Harrison’s hot streak, and where he might find time once Gregory Polanco arrived. That question was put on hold when Walker went to the disabled list. Polanco came up to take Walker’s spot on the...

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