Looking at Why Charlie Morton is Replacing Vance Worley in the Rotation
Sep15

Looking at Why Charlie Morton is Replacing Vance Worley in the Rotation

Yesterday the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Charlie Morton will start Tuesday night against the Red Sox, replacing Vance Worley who was originally scheduled to make the start. Morton has not pitched since August 15th against the Nationals, when he lasted only three innings and gave up five runs. Since that start, Morton has been on the disabled list, attempting to ease the pain that was caused by a sports hernia. After a rehab...

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The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes
Sep15

The Tommy John Rehab Progress For Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have done a good job of preserving pitcher health and avoiding major injuries in the minors. A lot of this is due to their conservative approach with pitch counts and innings limits, especially at the lower levels. Despite this, it’s impossible to totally avoid injuries with pitchers, as we saw this year. In Spring Training, top prospects Jameson Taillon and Clay Holmes both went down with Tommy John...

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Morning Report: Pirates Having Trouble Finding Late Round Draft Talent
Sep15

Morning Report: Pirates Having Trouble Finding Late Round Draft Talent

The current front office of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been together for seven drafts now. That first draft in 2008 has produced seven players that have reached the majors, so it was quite successful in that regard. For this article though, we are going to take a look at how they did after the first ten rounds and what is left in the system from each year. The closer to 2014 we get, the more we will focus on the group, rather than the...

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First Pitch: How Much Will Josh Harrison Be Worth in Arbitration?
Sep15

First Pitch: How Much Will Josh Harrison Be Worth in Arbitration?

Josh Harrison is in a very unique situation. He’s having a breakout season in 2014, and contending for the batting title, after looking like a bench player for his first three years in the majors, and at times looking like he didn’t belong in the majors at all. The breakout season is coming at the right time, since Harrison is about to enter his first year of arbitration. The arbitration process relies on comparable...

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Josh Harrison’s Triple Play Sparks Pirates Rally
Sep14

Josh Harrison’s Triple Play Sparks Pirates Rally

The Pittsburgh Pirates were already down 3-0 in the 4th inning — a deficit that looked well on it’s way to expanding. Edinson Volquez was starting to struggle, allowing a leadoff double to Chris Valaika and a walk to Mike Olt. And then, in one 5-4-3 fell swoop, the inning was over. Valaika, Olt, and Matt Szczurall all out. And it was started by, who else? Josh Harrison. Immediately, Harrison was thinking triple play. “Hit hard...

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Polanco returns to lineup, Morton to start on Tuesday
Sep14

Polanco returns to lineup, Morton to start on Tuesday

Gregory Polanco will get the start today in right field, hitting 8th in the lineup in the series finale against the Cubs. Jacob Turner — who has given up an .808 OPS against lefties — will start with the Cubs. “We keep having optimism that he’s getting closer,” Clint Hurdle said. “We’ll give him a couple more opportunities to put some at bats today.” After a hot start following his call up, opposing pitchers made...

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