Pirates Notebook: Rotation In Flux, Phillies GM Talks Deadline
Jul02

Pirates Notebook: Rotation In Flux, Phillies GM Talks Deadline

The Pirates finally announced their starting rotation for this week’s series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Brandon Cumpton was re-called Tuesday to pitch the first game of the series and the season’s second half tonight. Jeff Locke will start Wednesday, and Jeanmar Gomez will pitch out of the bullpen. Gomez and Locke both threw aggressive bullpen sessions Sunday, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said, taking both out of...

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Pirates Notebook: “New” Rotation Key to 8-Game Win Streak
Jun30

Pirates Notebook: “New” Rotation Key to 8-Game Win Streak

For more than half of last season, from June to August, the Pirates used a rotation that included A.J. Burnett, Kevin Correia, Erik Bedard, James McDonald, Brad Lincoln, Jeff Karstens and Wandy Rodriguez. None of them are on the team’s current active roster. Instead, Pittsburgh has gone 13-4 in its last 17 games with a “new” staff of Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, Brandon Cumpton and...

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Pirates Notebook: Wandy Rodriguez Shut Down, More Injury Updates
Jun29

Pirates Notebook: Wandy Rodriguez Shut Down, More Injury Updates

Well, Gerrit Cole, it seems your spot in the rotation is safe for a while. The Pirates provided updates on their many injured pitchers: Wandy Rodriguez has been shut down from pitching after continuing to feel left forearm tightness in a throwing session yesterday. He will be evaluated by the team’s medical staff to “determine the next steps,” the team said. Minor league pitchers Kyle McPherson and Phil Irwin (right...

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James McDonald to Remain on the DL
Jun25

James McDonald to Remain on the DL

James McDonald will remain on the disabled list as he experiences shoulder discomfort, according to Michael Sanserino. #Pirates RHP James McDonald will remain on the DL as he experiences shoulder discomfort. He will see Dr. James Andrews next week. — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) June 25, 2013 Sanserino updates that to say that there was a scheduling conflict with Dr. James Andrews. #Pirates now say McDonald will NOT see Dr....

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Minor Moves: Mel Rojas and Chad Kuhl to the DL
Jun25

Minor Moves: Mel Rojas and Chad Kuhl to the DL

Two injury updates to note over the last two days: **Altoona placed Mel Rojas on the disabled list with a left oblique injury yesterday. That’s unfortunate, as Rojas has been finally performing well. Since the second week of May he was hitting for a .304/.366/.459 line in 135 at-bats. In the past Rojas would go on short hot streaks, but they would never last more than a few days, while his cold streaks lasted weeks. I spoke with...

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Minor Moves: Vic Black Activated From the Indianapolis DL
Jun24

Minor Moves: Vic Black Activated From the Indianapolis DL

About a month ago, Vic Black was placed on the Indianapolis Indians disabled list with a left-oblique injury. The right-hander was activated from the disabled list today. The Pirates probably won’t have any immediate need for Black. They’ve got Duke Welker and Ryan Reid in the majors right now, and one of those two will probably go down when Jeanmar Gomez is activated on Wednesday. Another one could go down if James...

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