A Second Pirates Prospect Fails a Test For a Drug of Abuse

According to Baseball America, right-handed pitcher Vince Payne was suspended 50-games for failing two tests of drug abuse. The suspension was announced by the Commissioner’s Office today. Payne is no longer in the organization, after being released by the Pirates a month ago. However, he was playing for the same West Virginia team as Zack Dodson, who was suspended on July 31st for 50 games for failing two tests for a substance...

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Snider Progressing Through Hamstring Injury

Travis Snider continues to battle a right hamstring injury, which he suffered in Saturday night’s game. The outfielder didn’t start in the Pirates game on Thursday, but continues to have pinch-hit at-bats over the last two days. Snider connected for a pinch-hit double in the loss on Wednesday, then scored after Clint Barmes drove a triple into right field. The 24-year-old ran gingerly around the bases to not aggravate it....

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Walker Receives Good News From Hand Specialist

Neil Walker saw hand specialist Dr. Tom Hughes at AGH on Thursday morning. After undergoing x-rays on his dislocated right pinky and being evaluated, Walker said that it was all good news. “I definitely feel like I came out on the upper end, if something were going to happen to me,” Walker said. “It’s really on me now, the pain tolerance and what not. The swelling is down considerably, which is good. It’s obviously...

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Walker Exits Game with Dislocated Right Pinky

Neil Walker was removed from the game in the top of the first inning on Wednesday after suffering a finger dislocation on his right hand. Walker suffered the injury when Mark Ellis hit a broken bat grounder up the middle. Walker fielded the ball, then ran to the bag to get the runner out. He then attempted to get the double play and threw the ball to first base, but on the throw fell on his hand. The second baseman immediately was...

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Rule 5 Pick Gustavo Nunez Begins His Rehab Work

Remember Gustavo Nunez? It would be understandable if you didn’t recognize the name. Nunez was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft. The shortstop was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right ankle injury back in January. Nunez injured the ankle while with the Detroit Tigers, and hadn’t fully recovered from the injury. He finally made his 2012 debut today, making a rehab appearance for the GCL...

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Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson Injury Updates

Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson both left tonight’s West Virginia game with injuries. I’ve confirmed that Polanco’s injury was an ankle injury, while Hanson left with a hip flexor injury. Both players are considered day-to-day and were removed from the game for precautionary measures. They will each be reevaluated...

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