Tim Alderson Placed on the Altoona DL

Right-handed starter Tim Alderson has been placed on the Altoona disabled list with a right elbow injury. No word on the extent of the injury, although the move was retroactive to July 18th, which was one day after his last start. Alderson gave up eight earned runs in 2.2 innings in that start, walking four and giving up seven hits. Prior to that start he had a nice three game stretch where he combined to give up three earned runs in...

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Jordy Mercer in Pittsburgh, But Who Will He Replace?

After Wednesday’s game, infielder Jordy Mercer was in the Pirates clubhouse. Mercer said he arrived to Pittsburgh this morning due to Alex Presley suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Presley was replaced by Gorkys Hernandez in the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday. Presley suffered the injury after a diving play in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Jed Lowrie hit a single into shallow right field. Presley dove...

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Gerrit Cole Shows No Signs of Concussion

Top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole was struck with a line drive last night in Altoona’s game against Harrisburg. The right-hander was hit in the jaw, but went on to finish out the inning. He was pulled after one inning due to his pitch count, but the Pirates sent him for a CT scan as a precaution. After an examination today, Cole shows no signs of a concussion. His CT scan was negative for any broken bones. The only symptom was a...

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Karstens and Leroux On Pace to Return at the End of the Month

CLEVELAND, OH — The starting rotation and bullpen could both shake up towards the end of this month. Both Jeff Karstens and Chris Leroux should return from their rehab assignments, which will shuffle things around. Karstens threw a 35 pitch bullpen session on Saturday afternoon without issue. The right-hander, who was originally placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on April 18, had a set back in a rehab...

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Kyle McPherson Returns to the Mound

As originally reported by Rumbunter this morning, right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson will return to the mound tonight, making a start for the Altoona Curve. McPherson will replace Shairon Martis, the previously scheduled starter. McPherson has been out all season with shoulder inflammation. He went down with the injury in the final weeks of Spring Training after struggling in his first start in minor league camp after being cut from...

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Charlie Morton Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Right-hander Charlie Morton underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow today. The surgery, most commonly known as Tommy John, was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL. The recovery period for this type of surgery is typically 12-18 months. Chris Mueller of 93.7 the fan was the first to report that Morton may need to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery early this morning. Dejan...

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