Jason Grilli Placed on the Disabled List
Apr25

Jason Grilli Placed on the Disabled List

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list, retro to April 21st, with a left oblique strain. Jared Hughes has been recalled from Indianapolis to replace Grilli on the roster. With Grilli on the disabled list, Mark Melancon should take over as the team’s closer. Grilli blew two saves over the weekend, and hasn’t pitched since the second blown save.

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Kyle McPherson Suffers Setback, Out Until 2015
Apr25

Kyle McPherson Suffers Setback, Out Until 2015

Pittsburgh Pirates right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson suffered a setback in his rehab this week, and was evaluated Wednesday by Dr. James Andrews, the team announced. McPherson was diagnosed with a fracture of the right medial epicondyle and underwent surgery to repair the injured elbow Wednesday afternoon by Dr. Andrews. His estimated return to competition is spring training 2015. McPherson looked like a potential middle of the...

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Prospect Links: Polanco the Next Big Thing, McGuire Scouting Report
Apr25

Prospect Links: Polanco the Next Big Thing, McGuire Scouting Report

Here are a few interesting prospect links for your Friday afternoon. **Albert Chen of Sports Illustrated writes that Gregory Polanco is the next big thing. He mostly talks with people in the organization, who compare Polanco favorably to people like Barry Bonds and Andrew McCutchen. I’ve said many times that I believe Polanco can be better than McCutchen, so I would be one who agrees with this assertion that Polanco is the next...

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First Pitch: Brandon Cumpton Should Stay in the Pirates Rotation
Apr25

First Pitch: Brandon Cumpton Should Stay in the Pirates Rotation

Brandon Cumpton replaced the injured Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation today, and had another great outing in the majors. Cumpton gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings, with a walk and five strikeouts. That’s just a continuation of what Cumpton has done so far in the majors. In his 37.2 innings in the majors, he has a 2.15 ERA, along with a 27:6 K/BB ratio. Rodriguez will be starting a rehab assignment soon, and...

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Pirates Promote Brandon Cumpton For Today’s Start
Apr24

Pirates Promote Brandon Cumpton For Today’s Start

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis for today’s start. Cumpton is replacing Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation for at least this start, and could make additional starts while Rodriguez is out. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Pirates optioned Jared Hughes to Triple-A. Hughes was called up earlier in the week when Wandy Rodriguez went on the disabled list,...

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