• 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Why Has Josh Bell’s Rehab Taken So Long?

    Josh Bell is still experiencing swelling in his knee. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates 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...

  • 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...

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