Update on Michael De La Cruz
Aug07

Update on Michael De La Cruz

Prior to this season, we rated Michael de la Cruz as the 20th best prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system and with good reason, he put up extremely impressive numbers in the DSL last year. That led to praise from scouts that saw him play, which put him atop our top DSL prospects list and Baseball America mentioned him as one of the top 20 players from the DSL/VSL last year. He was also named as a possible International breakout...

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Gerrit Cole gets roughed up in second rehab start
Aug05

Gerrit Cole gets roughed up in second rehab start

After a strong first rehab appearance and a pair of side bullpen sessions, Gerrit Cole and the Pirates had high expectations from his second start with Indianapolis on Tuesday. However, those were dashed fairly quickly. Cole allowed ten hits and five earned runs in 4.1 innings on Tuesday. “I think the positives were that I got to the pitch count and got the amount of outs that I needed to get,” Cole said. “Coming off what I went...

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Andrew McCutchen Has a Rib Injury
Aug05

Andrew McCutchen Has a Rib Injury

Yesterday we heard that Andrew McCutchen was injured with what was believed to be an oblique strain. Dejan Kovacevic reported today that the injury is not an oblique injury. Travis Sawchik has the details straight from McCutchen. Edit: Andrew McCutchen says he has a fractured rib … Not an oblique strain — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) August 5, 2014 It was a stretch to blame the possible oblique injury on Randall Delgado...

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No Health Setbacks For Starling Marte in Rehab Stint
Aug04

No Health Setbacks For Starling Marte in Rehab Stint

The Triple-A rehab assignment for Starling Marte has not gone quite as planned. Marte, who is recovering from a concussion, is 1-for-12 in his first three games of a four game rehab assignment. In those 12 at bats, he has struck out five times in three games. While the statistics are not meeting goals, Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor said that there have been no health setbacks. In addition, Treanor said that the inactivity...

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Gerrit Cole to make second rehab start tomorrow
Aug04

Gerrit Cole to make second rehab start tomorrow

After feeling well following a Sunday bullpen session, Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor announced that Gerrit Cole will make a second rehab start Tuesday in Triple-A. Cole was bumped on Saturday, as the Pirates wanted to assess how he felt after the side session. Cole threw five scoreless innings July 28 in Rochester, striking out seven and walking three. Cole was set to throw 100 pitches, which will likely be the limit on Tuesday,...

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Andrew McCutchen Expected to Go on the 15-Day DL
Aug04

Andrew McCutchen Expected to Go on the 15-Day DL

Andrew McCutchen is expected to go on the 15-day disabled list, according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cook says that McCutchen could be out for three weeks or a month, and says he might have a serious oblique injury, which he suffered on Sunday. The injury is a big blow to the Pirates, who are in the thick of a playoff race. They’re currently 1.5 games back and in third place in the NL Central, and half a game...

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