Injury Notes: D’Arnaud, Garrett Jones, Tony Watson

Here are a few injury updates from major league camp, along with a non-injury update. **Chase d’Arnaud, who is dealing with a sprained thumb, is going to¬†have an appointment¬†for an MRI soon. He has been looked at here in Bradenton, but the Pirates and d’Arnaud wanted to get a second opinion. **Garrett Jones (oblique) took some swings in the cage today and played catch. He will try to take live batting practice tomorrow,...

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Prospect Notebook: New Focus on the Running Game Extends to the Minors

It seems like there have been daily reports out of major league camp about how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are focusing more on controlling the running game this year. After every caught stealing or pick off, the topic is brought up, and the answer usually given is that the importance of keeping runners in check has been stressed over and over to the pitchers. In 2012 we saw the Pirates go a little overboard with their focus of...

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Jeff Karstens Throws Two Easy Innings at Pirate City

Jeff Karstens took the mound today at Pirate City to throw two innings in a minor league game against the Philadelphia Triple-A squad. Karstens threw two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out one. The only base runner reached on a lead off single, but was erased on a caught stealing two batters later. “I thought it was going to be a long day after the first guy got a hit,” Karstens said. “I was like...

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Pirate City Notes: Karstens, Taillon, Welker, Lineups

The first cuts from major league camp came today, and the first games in minor league camp start this afternoon. I’ll be covering the home games at Pirate City, which will include the Triple-A and Double-A teams, and possibly an intra-squad game with the short-season players. For now, here’s some notes. **I talked with Duke Welker after he arrived from major league camp. Welker mentioned that he had some stiffness in his...

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Pirates Cut 11 Players, Including Jameson Taillon

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their first cuts of Spring Training. So far they have cut four players today, with those players being Hunter Strickland, Vic Black, Matt Hague, and Clint Robinson. That could be all for now, but no word on that yet. I’ll update this when more information becomes available. UPDATE 8:00 AM: Add Duke Welker and Stolmy Pimentel to the list of cuts. Nothing has been officially announced yet. There...

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The Pirates Have a New International Player at Pirate City

I was over at Pirate City yesterday watching batting practice, when I noticed a left-handed hitter I had never seen before. The hitter was making strong contact, and crushing a few pitches. I had no way of identifying him, since he was wearing a red shirt, meaning he was injured. I also didn’t recognize him. During his last round, I heard someone call him “Chourio”. Adenson Chourio? He hasn’t been in the system...

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