• Chad Qualls Activated From the Disabled List

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-hander Chad Qualls from the disabled list. The move now gives the Pirates ten relievers in the bullpen, not counting Joel Hanrahan. Qualls made a rehab appearance for Indianapolis on September 3rd, striking out the side. Since then he's been throwing side sessions and sim games.... This...

  • Injury Updates: Barrett Barnes and Jake Burnette

    With the State College Spikes season ending last night, I took the opportunity to check in with the coaching staff on the status of #11 prospect Barrett Barnes and right-handed pitcher Jake Burnette. Barnes suffered a stress fracture in his leg earlier this season and hasn't played since August 1st. Manager Dave...

  • Injury Updates: Starling Marte, Chad Qualls, Neil Walker, Travis Snider

    Marte, Qualls, Walker Close to Getting Back With Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle can sigh in relief with several players getting close to coming back to playing with the Pirates. Marte (oblique) started his rehab assignment with State College tonight, and will have it transferred to Triple-A on Wednesday. Neil Walker (low back) continues to...

  • Starling Marte to Rehab in State College and Indianapolis

    Starling Marte, who has been out with an oblique injury, is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment tonight with the State College Spikes. From there he will transfer the assignment tomorrow to Indianapolis, as the Indians start the International League playoffs. Marte ran the bases successfully yesterday, which was the final step...

  • Walker Feels Encouraged Low Back Isn’t Long-Term

    Neil Walker was out of the starting lineup again on Wednesday, after being scratched from the lineup after batting practice on Monday. Walker arrived to the ballpark  today, where he underwent treatment and stretching with the training staff to get back full from tightness in his lower back. "Today is much better than the...

  • Karstens, Tabata Exit Game With Groin Injuries

    Both Jeff Karstens and Jose Tabata exited Saturday night's 4-0 win over Milwaukee due to groin injuries. Karstens injured his right groin after making a pitch to Norichika Aoki with two runners on and one out in the eighth inning. After being evaluated by the training staff, Manager Clint Hurdle elected to...

  • Starling Marte Placed on DL; Jose Tabata Recalled

    The Pittsburgh Pirates placed rookie Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. Jose Tabata has been recalled from Triple-A. Pirates Prospects learned late last night that Tabata was heading to St. Louis to Join the team. Tabata has hit for a .297 average with Triple-A Indianapolis since being...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

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