Starling Marte Activated, But Probably as a Pinch Runner
Sep07

Starling Marte Activated, But Probably as a Pinch Runner

Prior to the game today the Pittsburgh Pirates activated outfielder Starling Marte from the 15-day disabled list. Marte isn’t ready to swing a bat two handed, so he is probably only on the roster to serve as a pinch runner. With Indianapolis out of the playoffs, there would be limited opportunities for Marte to rehab his hitting once he’s ready to swing a bat two handed. He pretty much has to return straight to the majors...

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Wandy Rodriguez to Make an International League Rehab Start Tomorrow
Sep05

Wandy Rodriguez to Make an International League Rehab Start Tomorrow

Wandy Rodriguez will be making a rehab start tomorrow in the International League playoffs, which will be the second time Rodriguez has pitched a rehab game this year. Last time he threw four innings about two weeks after he went on the disabled list, then suffered a series of setbacks and never got back on the mound. The Pirates have said that Rodriguez probably won’t return to a role where he could throw more than three...

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Jason Grilli Strikes Out Three in Rehab, Then Signs Autographs For an Hour
Sep02

Jason Grilli Strikes Out Three in Rehab, Then Signs Autographs For an Hour

Jason Grilli made his second Curve start in three days and was very effective. The Pirates closer threw 14 of his 17 pitches for strikes, striking out three. Adam Abraham struck out swinging on an outside slider that allowed him to reach first base. Grilli fell behind Abraham 2-0 but quickly evened the count with a fastball and slider perfectly placed on the outside corner. Grilli gave up a single up the middle with two outs. The...

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Injury News: Wandy Rodriguez says he has Arthritis
Sep01

Injury News: Wandy Rodriguez says he has Arthritis

I spoke with Wandy Rodriguez this morning, and he said that he has been told he has arthritis in his left elbow (his pitching arm). This throws another wrinkle into Rodriguez’s injury saga that has been going on since the beginning of June, and really has no end in sight. “I’ve had inflammation before,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve had that before, and this doesn’t feel the same.” Rodriguez has...

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Injury News: Grilli Getting Closer
Aug30

Injury News: Grilli Getting Closer

Clint Hurdle said before today’s game that there are tentative plans for Jason Grilli to begin his rehabilitation stint. “Jason is going to pitch tomorrow in Altoona. He will start the game, pitch one inning, 20 pitch max. If all goes well there, we’re going to give him the opportunity again in Altoona on Monday, pitch one inning again and start there. Just in pencil, if that goes well, he’ll have another day off and he’ll...

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Injury News: Marte Making Progress
Aug29

Injury News: Marte Making Progress

Clint Hurdle said pre-game that the Pirates have a tentative schedule for Starling Marte’s return to action, and that he has been doing some work with a bat, albeit one-handed work. “Took one-hand swings in the cage yesterday with his good hand, getting better. Everything’s projected right now. He’s done all his cardio work, running work. To get the other hand on the bat, we’re hoping to do that maybe this weekend. Start...

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