Zack Dodson Suspended 50 Games For Substance Abuse

Left-handed pitching prospect Zack Dodson has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for substance abuse, according to John Perrotto. Dodson was placed on the temporary inactive list recently, and now we know why. Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington issued the following statement about Dodson’s suspension: ”We are extremely disappointed in Zack’s actions and have expressed this disappointment to him. We are...

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Barrett Barnes Injury Update

State College center fielder Barrett Barnes, out since August 1 with a lower-leg stress-related injury, remains in limbo. He is currently traveling with the Spikes as they continue a road trip in Batavia. According to State College manager Dave Turgeon, Barnes, the Pirates’ 2012 supplemental first round pick out of Texas Tech, is “out indefinitely.” “Barrett is out,” Turgeon said. “He is out...

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Minor Moves: Barrett Barnes to the DL, Pirates Sign Erik Turgeon

Catching up on some roster moves that took place yesterday in the farm system: **2012 compensation pick Barrett Barnes was placed on the 7-day disabled list. No reason was given in the press release, but I’ve learned that he’s out with a lower leg stress related injury. He’ll be out for a few days, and then the Pirates will reevaluate him and determine what type of return to play progression is in order. **The...

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2012 Second Round Pick Wyatt Mathisen Fractures Foot

Wyatt Mathisen, taken in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, fractured his foot yesterday when a hitter bunted a ball off Mathisen’s foot while catching. Fortunately it was only a small fracture, which should only keep him out of action for a week or two. Mathisen was walking in a boot today at Pirate City. “Yesterday it was really sore, but today it’s feeling a lot better,” Mathisen...

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Why Has Josh Bell’s Rehab Taken So Long?

One of the most anticipated debuts this year was the pro debut by Josh Bell, who signed for $5 M as a second round pick in the 2011 draft, and was slated to start off in West Virginia. That debut ended up being short-lived, as Bell went down in late-April with a knee injury. The outfielder ripped what would have been a double, but pulled up limping rounding first base, and was tagged out standing between first and second with an...

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Duke Welker Placed on Indianapolis DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Duke Welker on the Indianapolis disabled list per a team press release. Welker was placed on the DL with right-forearm tightness. In 21 appearances with Indianapolis, Welker posted a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings, with a 24:17 K/BB ratio. His walks were up from his time in Altoona, when he posted a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings, along with a 19:7 K/BB ratio. Welker last pitched on July 23rd,...

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