Matt Curry Has Hamate Surgery

Altoona Curve first baseman Matt Curry had surgery to fix the fractured hamate bone in his right wrist yesterday.  Curry was our #34 prospect in the Pirates system entering 2013, and losing the middle-of-the-line up threat will likely hurt the already struggling Curve offense. Before hitting the DL earlier this week, the left-handed hitting Curry was batting .248/.286/.400 with four home runs and 16 RBIs. While I did not receive...

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Walker goes 1-for-4 in first rehab start; injured hand feels good

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker saw his first game action in thirteen days, making a rehab start in Altoona tonight for the AA Curve.  The switch-hitter went 1-for-4 from the right side, registering a double in his final at bat before leaving the game.  Walker will get the start again tomorrow, batting left-handed with a right-hander on the mound for the Richmond Squirrels. “The plan was to get four at bats today and then tomorrow...

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Minor Moves: Jason Townsend Activated From DL, Cesar Lopez to Bradenton

Here are the latest minor league transactions. **Altoona has placed Jeff Inman and Justin Howard on the disabled list. Jason Townsend has been activated from the disabled list and Zach Thornton has been promoted from Bradenton. **Bradenton added Cesar Lopez from extended Spring Training to replace Thornton. They also recently added Jhondaniel Medina to replace Quinton Miller, who was promoted to Altoona...

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Injury Update: Kyle McPherson Receives PRP Injection

Travis Sawchik of the Trib has an update on Kyle McPherson: Kyle McPherson visited Dr. James Andrews Mon. Andrews treated Kyle’s elbow with a PRP injection& prescribed additional rest before throwing — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) May 8, 2013 This is the second time that we’ve heard of a Pirates prospect receiving a PRP injection in the last year. Josh Bell had the procedure to speed up the healing in his knee last...

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McDonald to the DL, Martin Day-to-Day

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed James McDonald on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 1st, with discomfort in his right shoulder. Jeanmar Gomez will make the start tonight. I wrote a few weeks ago about how there were warning signs of a James McDonald injury. Russell Martin has been scratched from the lineup due neck stiffness and Michael McKenry will now catch and bat fifth.  Martin’s status is day-to-day. Josh Harrison...

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Phil Irwin Goes on the Indianapolis DL

Phil Irwin went a few weeks without pitching after making his major league debut. He was out with arm fatigue, but returned to the Indianapolis rotation this weekend and threw four shutout innings. Apparently the problem isn’t over, as Irwin was placed on the Indianapolis disabled list today with arm fatigue. Rob Biertempfel has an update, noting that the injury isn’t serious. #pirates sp prospect phil irwin on dl @...

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