Gerrit Cole Placed on the DL, Jeff Locke Recalled
Jun08

Gerrit Cole Placed on the DL, Jeff Locke Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole on the 15-day DL and have recalled Jeff Locke. Cole’s placement is retro June 4th, and is due to right shoulder fatigue. We heard about this last night, with Clint Hurdle saying the Pirates intended to bring up Locke for today’s start. Charlie Morton was originally scheduled to start today, but was pushed back to...

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Gerrit Cole Has Shoulder Fatigue, Pirates Reshuffling Rotation
Jun07

Gerrit Cole Has Shoulder Fatigue, Pirates Reshuffling Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be reshuffling their rotation the next two days, as Gerrit Cole is dealing with what Clint Hurdle describes as “shoulder fatigue”. Nate Barnes had more details on Twitter: #Pirates manager Clint Hurdle says Gerrit Cole will miss his next start, "intention" is to bring up Locke for tomorrow and start Morton Mon. — Nate Barnes (@NateBarnes_) June 7, 2014 Hurdle said Cole has some...

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First Pitch: The State of the Pirates Rotation
May29

First Pitch: The State of the Pirates Rotation

After Wandy Rodriguez was removed from the rotation last week, the question became “who is next?” The Pirates haven’t been getting good results from their rotation this season, or their bullpen for that matter. Coming into the season, they looked good at the top three spots in the rotation, with Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton leading the way. Morton and Cole haven’t been bad, but they...

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The Pirates Won’t Need a Regular Fifth Starter Until May 24th
May04

The Pirates Won’t Need a Regular Fifth Starter Until May 24th

When the Pittsburgh Pirates sent down Brandon Cumpton yesterday, I was a bit surprised. Cumpton has pitched well in both of his starts this season, along with his time in Triple-A, and his time in the majors last year. There seemed to be no reason to send him down. Then I took a look at the schedule, and realized that the Pirates could get by with four starters for most of the month of May. I don’t know if this is why Cumpton...

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Super Two and the Impact on Gerrit Cole and Gregory Polanco
Apr11

Super Two and the Impact on Gerrit Cole and Gregory Polanco

MLBTR released the projected Super Two cutoff following the 2014 season. Super Two status is awarded to players with more than two, but less than three years of service time. Only the players with the top 22% of service time in that group are Super Two eligible. Any player who is Super Two eligible gets their third league minimum year replaced with an extra year of arbitration. This gives a Super Two player two years of league minimum...

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