Pirates at Pirate City: Jason Grilli, Charlie Morton (Video)

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was over at Pirate City today, instead of being in Fort Myers for this afternoon’s game. There were also a few major leaguers in camp, with Jason Grilli and Charlie Morton both getting a lot of attention. Notes below. **Grilli pitched an inning against the New York Yankees high-A squad. He didn’t have much trouble, getting two groundouts and a strikeout. The notable thing about today...

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Injury Updates: Tony Watson, Charlie Morton, Ali Solis

Yesterday the Pirates had several players rehabbing over at Pirate City. Tony Watson threw an inning in one of the minor league games, while Charlie Morton threw a bullpen and live batting practice, and Ali Solis took live batting practice. I spoke with all three players after their work. I’ve been under the weather the last two days, so here is the delayed update. **Tony Watson had been out of action since February 28th,...

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Injury Update: Charlie Morton Throws His First Bullpen

Charlie Morton threw a bullpen session today at Pirate City, his first return to the mound in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander has been throwing since he was cleared by Dr. James Andrews a few months ago, and today was the biggest volume of pitches he’s thrown in his recovery. Morton threw 29-30 pitches in his bullpen session, then threw 12 more to hitters. After the bullpen, Morton talked about how his arm...

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First Pitch: The Starting Pitching Depth

With yesterday’s news that the Pirates were adding Jonathan Sanchez, and today’s news that they’re still on track to sign Francisco Liriano, the starting pitching scene is getting crowded. Here is a breakdown of all the options who are either currently on the team, or in the case of Sanchez/Liriano, expected to sign. Guarantees for the Rotation A.J. Burnett - Burnett had a 3.51 ERA in 202.1 innings last year, and his...

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Is Cost Certainty Better Than Roster Flexibility?

Is it better to have cost certainty or payroll flexibility when building a team?

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