John McDonald to the DL, Jordy Mercer Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed infielder John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list, and have recalled Jordy Mercer from Indianapolis. There were a lot of words written last week about Jordy Mercer being sent down. A lot of those words came on this site, and from me. It’s great to see Mercer back and McDonald out. However, it’s kind of a strange situation. This obviously shows that the Pirates were more concerned with...

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Jeff Karstens Goes Three Innings in a Rehab Start For Bradenton

Jeff Karstens made his first rehab start tonight for the Bradenton Marauders, going up against the Clearwater Thrashers. Karstens was scheduled to throw three innings or 50 pitches. He ended up going three innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander needed 42 pitches to get through the outing. Karstens had a rough start to the game, giving up back-to-back singles to Carlos Alonso and...

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Injury Notes: Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens, Chase d’Arnaud

A few injury updates this morning: **Rob Biertempfel has an update on Charlie Morton, who will be making a rehab start on Thursday for Altoona: #Pirates Morton slated to make rehab start Thursday for Double-A Altoona — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) May 12, 2013 Game plan for Charlie Morton includes 2 rehab starts. If all goes well, he could rejoin #Pirates on or around May 26 — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) May...

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Tony Sanchez Could be Joining the Pirates Soon

Russell Martin has missed the last few games with a sore neck, and could be a candidate to go on the disabled list. If that happens, the Pirates will need a catcher to replace Martin. Tony Sanchez could be that catcher, and according to Kristy Robinson he is already on his way to New York. Source: #Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez is heading to New York to join the team. (Possible Russell Martin could land on DL). — Kristy...

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Matt Curry Has Hamate Surgery

Altoona Curve first baseman Matt Curry had surgery to fix the fractured hamate bone in his right wrist yesterday.  Curry was our #34 prospect in the Pirates system entering 2013, and losing the middle-of-the-line up threat will likely hurt the already struggling Curve offense. Before hitting the DL earlier this week, the left-handed hitting Curry was batting .248/.286/.400 with four home runs and 16 RBIs. While I did not receive...

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Walker goes 1-for-4 in first rehab start; injured hand feels good

Pirates second baseman Neil Walker saw his first game action in thirteen days, making a rehab start in Altoona tonight for the AA Curve.  The switch-hitter went 1-for-4 from the right side, registering a double in his final at bat before leaving the game.  Walker will get the start again tomorrow, batting left-handed with a right-hander on the mound for the Richmond Squirrels. “The plan was to get four at bats today and then tomorrow...

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