Injury News: Progress on All Fronts
Aug28

Injury News: Progress on All Fronts

Prior to tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, a bushel of information came out regarding the Pirates’ veritable laundry list of current injuries. More important and relevant than any other news is that closer Jason Grilli threw a 25-pitch simulated game this afternoon and may make a rehab outing Saturday in Double-A Altoona. “If he feels good tomorrow, we’ll give him two days rest and then we...

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Wandy Rodriguez’s Visit to Dr. James Andrews Goes Well
Aug28

Wandy Rodriguez’s Visit to Dr. James Andrews Goes Well

Michael Sanserino of the Post-Gazette has some great news on Wandy Rodriguez. Source: LHP Wandy Rodriguez's meeting with Dr. Andrews went so well that rehab assignment could be "coming soon." — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) August 28, 2013 The big fear when a person goes to visit Dr. James Andrews is that he will undergo Tommy John surgery. At this point in the season that would have put Rodriguez out for the...

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Starling Marte Placed on the DL; Andrew Lambo Recalled
Aug24

Starling Marte Placed on the DL; Andrew Lambo Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 19, with a right hand contusion. Andrew Lambo has been recalled to replace Marte. In addition to a contusion, Marte suffered a sprain of the fourth MCP ligament of his right hand. It was all part of his original injury off Arizona’s Martin Prado stepping on his right hand, not a complication that developed since. No...

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Wandy Rodriguez to See Dr. James Andrews
Aug22

Wandy Rodriguez to See Dr. James Andrews

SAN FRANCISCO — Starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez will see Dr. James Andrews, the Pirates announced Thursday. Andrews is known for examining pitching elbows and performing reconstructive elbow surgery. The team said Rodriguez “felt pain in his forearm during his simulated game / batting practice today” and will provide more information after visiting Dr. Andrews. Rodriguez’s last start came on June 5, when he...

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James McDonald Felt His Arm Was Constricted Early in the Season
Aug22

James McDonald Felt His Arm Was Constricted Early in the Season

At the start of the 2013 season, James McDonald was one of the keys to the rotation. McDonald was coming off a 2012 season where he looked like an ace in the first half, and saw major struggles in the second half, leading to a 7.52 ERA after the All-Star break. With a lot of question marks in the 2013 rotation, the Pirates looked like they needed McDonald to step up and become one of the key contributors. That didn’t happen, as...

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Pirates Notebook: How Justin Wilson and First-Year Relievers Face Long Season
Aug20

Pirates Notebook: How Justin Wilson and First-Year Relievers Face Long Season

SAN DIEGO — If you’re trying to pinpoint why the Pirates’ bullpen continues to be one of baseball’s best, Justin Wilson has shown you. As the Pittsburgh reliever who has thrown the most innings, Wilson leads all National League rookies in ERA (1.97) and batting average against (.183). But one year ago today when Wilson made his Major League debut at Petco Park, he was merely at the start of his transition from...

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