Diamondbacks Claim Gustavo Nunez off Waivers From Pirates

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced via Twitter that they’ve claimed infielder Gustavo Nunez off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nunez was the Rule 5 selection by the Pirates last year, but missed the entire year on the 60-day disabled list with an injury that he suffered prior to the Rule 5 draft. The shortstop is regarded as a plus defender, but hasn’t done much with the bat, and has only played as high as Double-A....

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Pirates Notebook: Evolution of Jeff Locke; Reinforcements on the Horizon

The Jeff Locke on the mound this September compared to this time last year is a different pitcher. With more experience not only at the Major League level, but also at the Triple-A level as well, Locke is more confident this season.  The left-hander incorporated a new turn in his delivery during spring training, and put together his best season to date  in the minors since being drafted out of High School in 2006 by Atlanta. Manager...

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Pirates Notebook: Karstens Tinkering with Curve; McDonald Gets Bumped in Rotation

Jeff Karstens has been working on some adjustments over his last several starts. Since returning from the disabled list due  to a shoulder injury, which caused him to miss over two months, Karstens has posted a 3.79 ERA after his four earned run outing on Monday against Los Angeles. “I don’t think I’ve pitched terribly, but I also don’t think I’ve pitched well enough to win,” Karstens said. “There’s a fine line...

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Rule 5 Pick Gustavo Nunez Begins His Rehab Work

Remember Gustavo Nunez? It would be understandable if you didn’t recognize the name. Nunez was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft. The shortstop was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right ankle injury back in January. Nunez injured the ankle while with the Detroit Tigers, and hadn’t fully recovered from the injury. He finally made his 2012 debut today, making a rehab appearance for the GCL...

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Pirates Notebook: Is Lincoln at Risk of Being Replaced in the Rotation?

Prior to the game on Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field, Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said the plan was to keep Brad Lincoln in the rotation until Jeff Karstens returned from the disabled list. That, however, was before Lincoln lasted just 3.1 innings and gave up four runs to the Tribe. After the game, Manager Clint Hurdle didn’t indicate whether the plan was to still stick with Lincoln in the rotation for one more...

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