Pirates Activate Jose Tabata; Phil Irwin Has Surgery
Jul03

Pirates Activate Jose Tabata; Phil Irwin Has Surgery

A few roster updates this afternoon: **The Pirates have activated Jose Tabata from the disabled list. To make room they have optioned Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A. **Phil Irwin had ulnar nerve transposition surgery on his right-elbow today. He is expected to miss approximately two months of action. **Jared Hughes will go to Florida for his rehab work. I’m guessing he’s going to be pitching for the Marauders. **Kyle...

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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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