Notes: Charlie Morton, Steven Jackson, Injuries, Brad Lincoln

Some notes to catch up from over the weekend… -The Pirates placed Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with shoulder fatigue.  Neal Huntington had this quote, via the PBC Blog: “Charlie has been battling mild shoulder discomfort and fatigue off and on for the majority of the season. Charlie has not wanted to use it as an excuse and has worked to pitch through it. Until now, we felt we could work through the...

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The Lack of a Leadoff Hitter is a Created Problem

The Post-Gazette notebook today has a question as to why Aki Iwamura, current owner of a .169 average and a .275 OBP, is still leading off.  John Russell responded with this quote: “If he’s going to get out of this, you’d like to get him up there as much as you can,” Russell said. “We have put different guys in the leadoff spot, and Andrew McCutchen can do it, but he’s doing well in the No. 3...

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Pirates activate Donnelly, place Taschner on DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated relief pitcher Brendan Donnelly from the 15-day disabled list, and have placed relief pitcher Jack Taschner on the 15-day disabled list with a tight left hamstring.  The set of moves made it so that the Pirates didn’t have to send anyone down to AAA to make room for Donnelly. This likely buys Jeff Karstens some more time in the bullpen.  Karstens has one option remaining, and seems...

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Donnelly activated; Taschner to DL

The Pirates activated reliever Brendan Donnelly from the disabled list today. To make room on the roster, Jack Taschner was placed on the DL with a tight hamstring.

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Pirates Notebook: Should there be concern over Alvarez?

I’ve seen several comments in the last few weeks asking whether I’m concerned over the slow start so far by Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Pedro Alvarez.  After tonight’s game, Alvarez is hitting for a .222 average in 81 at-bats at the AAA level, with 23 strikeouts.  I’ve mentioned several times that I think Alvarez will have a big impact on the major league team this year, which would seem strange...

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