• Chase d’Arnaud Working to Become Fundamentally Sound

    Despite an ongoing competition in major league camp for the backup middle infield spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates made infielder Chase d'Arnaud one of their first cuts. D'Arnaud spent time in the majors last year, taking over as the starting shortstop for part of the year while Ronny Cedeno went down. He didn't...

  • Pirates Notebook: Final Cuts of Spring Training

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- There are just eight days remaining in spring training for the Pirates. The club will play its final game of the Grapefruit League on April 1st against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin before kicking off two exhibition games against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 2nd and 3rd. After optioning Jordy Mercer to...

  • Prospect Notebook: Cole Goes Four Strong Against Yankees

    Gerrit Cole took the mound at Pirate City today for a start against the New York Yankees' A-ball team. Cole made his last start against the Yankees' Double-A team earlier in the week. The outing for the 2011 first overall pick was a strong one. Cole went four innings, allowing one run...

  • McDonald Takes No-Hitter into 6th in Bucs 5-4 Loss to Astros

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander James McDonald took the mound in the 6th inning with one out at McKechnie Field on Saturday. After retiring his first batter, pinch-hitter Travis Buck connected for a single into shallow center field for a hit -- the first that McDonald had given up during his seven inning outing....

  • Burnett Throws Live BP at McKechnie Field

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Today was a day that A. J. Burnett referred to as 'a big step forward' and 'very fun'. On Saturday, the right-hander threw his first live batting practice at McKechnie Field. First baseman Garrett Jones and catcher Michael McKenry stood in the cage as Burnett took the mound in Bradenton for...

  • Pirates Cut Mercer, Reyes, from Big League Camp

    BRADENTON, Fla. - With just eight days remaining until the final Grapefruit League spring training game for the Pirates, the club took a step further to their final 25-man on Saturday. Prior to the their game against the Houston Astros, the Pirates cut five players from big league camp: infielder Jordy Mercer, and...

  • Pirates Notebook: Bedard Looking Forward to Opening Day Start

    Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lefty Erik Bedard has come a long way from the last time he got an Opening Day start -- back in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. During '08, Bedard was placed on the disabled list twice, once for inflammation in his left hip, the other...

  • Prospect Notebook: Morris Working On Cutter, Owens Looks Crisp

    Bryan Morris threw two innings today at Pirate City, and flashed a new pitch in the process. Morris throws a mid-90s fastball, and also flashes a good curveball, but today while watching him it appeared that he was also throwing a slider. I spoke with Morris afterwards, who mentioned that the pitch...

  • Morton Solid in Start, Plans to Be Ready for Season

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates (7-12)  lost 7-2 to the Detroit Tigers (14-3) at McKechnie Field on Friday afternoon. Right-hander Charlie Morton tossed four scoreless frames scattering two hits and struck out two in his fourth official Grapefruit League start of the spring. Morton threw 55 pitches over his four inning outing....

  • Alvarez Sidelined with Knee Discomfort

    BRADENTON, Fla. -- Third baseman Pedro Alvarez was removed from Thursday's 8-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays with discomfort and inflammation in his left knee. Alvarez is currently day-to-day and will likely be out of game action through the weekend, the team says. "I think it was more or less running,"...

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