Chase d’Arnaud Heading to Altoona For the Next Step of Rehab; Thumb Feeling Good

Chase d’Arnaud spent the last two days with the Bradenton Marauders, starting his rehab from a thumb injury in Spring Training. D’Arnaud torn the ligament in his thumb back in March, and underwent surgery in the middle of the month. At the time it was recommended that he have surgery to make sure everything was put back in place. “It’s a good thing that [the surgery] happened, because it ended up being...

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Injury Update: Morton, Karstens and McDonald

A quick update on some of the Pirates’ pitchers recovering from injury: – Charlie Morton pitched Thursday for Altoona, going four innings while allowing two hits (both home runs) and two runs (both earned) with one walk and one strikeout. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said Morton is on a five-day rotation with three more rehab starts scheduled and that his next start will be for Triple-A Indianapolis. – Jeff...

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John McDonald to the DL, Jordy Mercer Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed infielder John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list, and have recalled Jordy Mercer from Indianapolis. There were a lot of words written last week about Jordy Mercer being sent down. A lot of those words came on this site, and from me. It’s great to see Mercer back and McDonald out. However, it’s kind of a strange situation. This obviously shows that the Pirates were more concerned with...

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Jeff Karstens Goes Three Innings in a Rehab Start For Bradenton

Jeff Karstens made his first rehab start tonight for the Bradenton Marauders, going up against the Clearwater Thrashers. Karstens was scheduled to throw three innings or 50 pitches. He ended up going three innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander needed 42 pitches to get through the outing. Karstens had a rough start to the game, giving up back-to-back singles to Carlos Alonso and...

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Injury Notes: Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens, Chase d’Arnaud

A few injury updates this morning: **Rob Biertempfel has an update on Charlie Morton, who will be making a rehab start on Thursday for Altoona: #Pirates Morton slated to make rehab start Thursday for Double-A Altoona — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) May 12, 2013 Game plan for Charlie Morton includes 2 rehab starts. If all goes well, he could rejoin #Pirates on or around May 26 — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) May...

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Tony Sanchez Could be Joining the Pirates Soon

Russell Martin has missed the last few games with a sore neck, and could be a candidate to go on the disabled list. If that happens, the Pirates will need a catcher to replace Martin. Tony Sanchez could be that catcher, and according to Kristy Robinson he is already on his way to New York. Source: #Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez is heading to New York to join the team. (Possible Russell Martin could land on DL). — Kristy...

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