Pirates aren't out of the woods with Veal yet

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2009 Rule 5 draft pick Donald Veal on the 15-day DL today with a strained left index finger. To fill Veal’s spot, they purchased the contract of relief pitcher Chris Bootcheck, adding Bootcheck to the 40-man roster, which had an open spot. First, a bit on Bootcheck… Bootcheck was a first round pick in the 2000 MLB draft, taken with the 20th overall pick by the Angels. In his career, Bootcheck...

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Pirates Notebook: How important are left handed relievers?

With the recent trades of Sean Burnett, John Grabow, and Tom Gorzelanny leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates short on left handers, a lot of focus has been on the value of left handed pitching out of the bullpen. The Pirates currently are short on left handed pitching out of the bullpen, not just in the majors, but in the minors as well. Donald Veal is the only lefty reliever on the major league roster, although the only reason he’s...

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Pirates Notebook: Famous Dave

What does it say about the “Dave Kerwin” situation that my blog has received a record amount of hits today, all thanks to the Dave Kerwin Gear? That’s in part to a link from Anthony Witrado on the Brewers Blog at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But let’s consider this: from the time I started this blog in late January, to the time of the draft, my blog has been heavily focused on prospects and the 2009 draft....

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Pirates Notebook: T.G.I.F.

You’ll notice that there’s a new poll up on the right side of the site, asking where you would rank Brian Friday in your top 30 prospects list. I usually check to see where my visitors are coming from, and in that process I see when a forum has linked to one of my posts. Yesterday I posted my Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects, which was linked from several Pirates forums. I decided to check the posts out to see some of the...

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Bucs Fall in 15

The pitcher scheduled to start Wednesday’s game – Jeff Karstens – was forced into duty as the Pirates and Braves went long. Karstens ended it quickly by just one of the five hitters he faced. The winning run scored on a bases loaded grounder from former Bucco David Ross. Atlanta’s bullpen blew a three run lead in the seventh, but then remained unscored upon for nearly nine straight innings. Rookie Kris Medlan...

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