Pirates Notebook: Giancarlo Stanton Was “Relaxed” Amid Trade Rumors
Aug07

Pirates Notebook: Giancarlo Stanton Was “Relaxed” Amid Trade Rumors

Picture Giancarlo Stanton. Nope, he’s bigger than that. The Marlins’ hulking, slugging right fielder is built like an NFL tight end, and maybe he would be one right now had pesky ol’ baseball not gotten in the way. In his salad days as Mike Stanton, he was a great high school wide receiver recruited by schools like USC. Now the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Stanton does not catch bombs, he launches them, hitting 37 home runs...

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Pirates Notebook: Rubber Band Bryan Morris Providing Versatility
Aug04

Pirates Notebook: Rubber Band Bryan Morris Providing Versatility

Hey, y’all prepare yourself // For the Rubberband man // You never heard a sound // Like the Rubberband man // You’re bound to lose control // When the Rubberband starts to jam The Spinners’ 1976 song “The Rubber Band Man” would ring from the speakers of Three Rivers Stadium when Kent Tekulve entered for one of his league-most 94 appearances in the Pirates’ 1979 championship season. While Bryan...

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Michael McKenry Out for Season with Torn Meniscus
Jul31

Michael McKenry Out for Season with Torn Meniscus

Pirates catcher Michael McKenry is out for the season with a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. McKenry underwent surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday to repair his meniscus, the Pirates announced Wednesday. The 28-year-old will not be able to put any weight on his left leg for six weeks. Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache and the Pirates doctors decided surgery was the best option for the fourth-year catcher. He will look to return for Spring...

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Marlins Win the Battle of the Young Aces; Wandy and Snider Updates
Jul28

Marlins Win the Battle of the Young Aces; Wandy and Snider Updates

Gerrit Cole vs Jose Fernandez. That was the matchup today. One was a first overall pick in the 2011 draft. The other was taken 13 picks later. Both have progressed to the point where they look like they could be future number one starters. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Fernandez looks like he might already be there. The young right-hander dominated the Pirates lineup for two runs on five hits in eight innings, setting a career high...

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Pirates Place Travis Snider on the DL; Recall Tony Sanchez
Jul28

Pirates Place Travis Snider on the DL; Recall Tony Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Travis Snider on the 15-day disabled list due to discomfort in his left big toe. Tony Sanchez has been recalled to take Snider’s spot. The expectation was that Sanchez could have replaced McKenry or Martin, who both experienced left knee injuries this weekend. The announcement of Snider is a surprise. It gives the Pirates an extra catcher for the next few games with Martin and McKenry banged...

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Afternoon Notes: Jason Grilli update, Giancarlo Stanton news (sort of)

The Pittsburgh Pirates released a statement today regarding injured closer Jason Grilli, who met today with team doctors and Dr. James Andrews. Grilli was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right arm, and is not a surgical candidate. While not perceived to need surgery at the time, Grilli will need a period of rest before beginning a throwing program and will be re-evaluated in 10-14 days. In the meantime, Grilli will continue...

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