• Pirates Pregame: Irwin’s Debut, Inge Update, Phillips Returns for Reds

    Phil Irwin will make his major league debut today for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the club announced this morning. Irwin won 29 games in five seasons of minor league competition, and while wins and losses are not necessarily a good barometer for the developmental process in the minors, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Irwin's presence...

  • Tim Alderson Promoted to Indianapolis, McPherson to the DL

    Kyle McPherson has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list. The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Tim Alderson to Indianapolis. They've also placed Kyle McPherson on the Triple-A disabled list. McPherson had a pretty rough outing last night, giving up seven runs in 1.2 innings. It's unclear what his injury is...

  • Wandy Rodriguez Has Hamstring Strain, Not Likely to Make Next Start

    Wandy Rodriguez isn't likely to make his next start. Photo credit: David Hague The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that Wandy Rodriguez has been diagnosed with a left hamstring strain, and that it is not likely he will make his next scheduled start. That start was originally scheduled for Sunday. The Pirates haven't...

  • Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano Hoping to Return in May

    Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano both threw at Pirate City this afternoon. Morton threw a 35-40 pitch bullpen session, which came two days after he threw two innings in an extended Spring Training game. Liriano threw two innings of a simulated game, throwing about 30 pitches total. I spoke with both pitchers...

  • Injury Updates: Liriano, Karstens, Morton

    Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle addressed the status of several of the team's injured pitchers prior to today's game against the Chicago Cubs. Francisco Liriano threw off a mound yesterday and Charlie Morton threw a simulated game today, Hurdle said. "All our guys are making progress," he said. Jeff Karstens is still nursing...

  • Inge, Morton, Liriano and Karstens to DL

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially placed third baseman Brandon Inge and pitchers Jeff Karstens, Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list. With these moves the 25 man rosters is officially set for Opening Day tomorrow. The Karstens move is retroactive to March 22nd, while Inge is retroactive to March...

  • Karstens Scratched With Soreness – How Does This Impact the Roster?

    Jeff Karstens was scratched today with soreness. Jeff Karstens was originally scheduled to make a start today against the Baltimore Orioles. Instead he was scratched and will be replaced by Chris Leroux. Prior to this, Karstens had yet to throw more than two innings in a start, and the season is a...

  • Minor League Injury Updates: Chambers, Pribanic, Fuesser, Hornback

    Evan Chambers is out eight weeks with a broken foot. Here are some injury updates from minor league camp. **Evan Chambers broke his foot and will be out for eight weeks. The 2009 third round pick had successful surgery last week, and had his cast removed this week. He has been walking...

  • Injury Updates: Tony Watson, Charlie Morton, Ali Solis

    Yesterday the Pirates had several players rehabbing over at Pirate City. Tony Watson threw an inning in one of the minor league games, while Charlie Morton threw a bullpen and live batting practice, and Ali Solis took live batting practice. I spoke with all three players after their work. I've been under...

  • Garrett Jones Says He’s Back to 100 Percent

    Garrett Jones took some swings today at Pirate City. Garrett Jones took some swings at Pirate City this afternoon, rotating between the Triple-A and Double-A minor league games. The first baseman went 2-for-6 on the day, but most importantly hasn't been feeling any pain from his oblique injury last week. After his...

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