Pirates Pregame: Arms On the Way

Jeff Locke will start tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park, and if Clint Hurdle’s pregame comments to the media are any indication the Pirates are keeping an eye on the young pitcher with help coming to the starting rotation in the form of Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton. “(Locke) has continued to grow on people as you watch him develop,” Hurdle said. “He’ s even...

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Charlie Morton Making a Rehab Start Tonight for Bradenton

Charlie Morton will make a rehab start tonight for the Bradenton Marauders. Morton is expected to go three innings in his start, and will be monitored after each inning. Matt Benedict will follow Morton, making his normal start a few innings into the game. This will officially begin Morton’s rehab clock, and will put him at-most 30 days from the majors.

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Minor League Schedule: 4/18/13

Today’s starters: Kris Johnson, Stolmy Pimentel, Charlie Morton, Tyler Glasnow

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First Pitch: Depth Can Quickly Disappear

Remember at the start of the year when the Pirates had a lot of starting pitching depth? Kyle McPherson had just missed out on the fifth starter role. Phil Irwin had some impressive outings in Spring Training, and looked like he could also be an early season option. Everyone hoped that Gerrit Cole’s demotion to Triple-A would only be a formality for a few weeks until he gained that extra year of control. Then there was the...

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Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano Hoping to Return in May

Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano both threw at Pirate City this afternoon. Morton threw a 35-40 pitch bullpen session, which came two days after he threw two innings in an extended Spring Training game. Liriano threw two innings of a simulated game, throwing about 30 pitches total. I spoke with both pitchers after their work today to discuss how they were feeling physically, and when they expected to return to the majors. Charlie...

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