Pirates Notebook: Rotation Woes

The Pirates have some interesting situations coming up in the next week with their starting rotation.  Charlie Morton is scheduled to make the start tomorrow against the Astros, and Zach Duke is scheduled to go up against Milwaukee on Monday.  After that, things get kind of tricky. Tuesday’s starter is scheduled to be Daniel McCutchen.  However, McCutchen isn’t exactly going on five days rest.  After...

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Pirates Notebook: I Love the Bullpen

If there’s one thing I like about the 7-5 start to the season, it’s the bullpen.  I’m very comfortable with this bullpen when the Pirates are holding a lead, or when they’re trying to stay in the game.  That wasn’t exactly the case in years past.  There was Matt Capps bombing last year.  There have been guys like Tyler Yates and Denny Bautista blowing up in the middle innings. One of...

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Pirates make final cuts, roster set

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made their final cuts and have set their opening day roster, according to Dejan Kovacevic at the PPG.  Steve Pearce was optioned to AAA, while Ramon Vazquez was designated for assignment. The 25-man roster is now set, with D.J. Carrasco, Jack Taschner, Hayden Penn, and John Raynor officially making the team.  The Pirates had to purchase the contracts of Carrasco and Taschner, adding them to the...

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Pirates cut Kratz, Jaramillo the backup catcher

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut catcher Erik Kratz, making it official that Jason Jaramillo will open the season as the backup catcher behind Ryan Doumit. Officially there are five spots that remain open on the 25-man roster, although Delwyn Young is a lock for a bench spot, D.J. Carrasco is a lock for a bullpen spot, and John Raynor and Hayden Penn have good chances of making the team, as the Pirates...

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Pirates cut seven, roster almost set

The Pittsburgh Pirates cut seven players today, according to Rob Biertempfel.  Those players were Brian Bass, Vinnie Chulk, Jeff Karstens, Steven Jackson, Jeremy Powell, Anthony Claggett, and Luke Carlin.  The Spring Training tracker is updated with the cuts.  These cuts pretty much mean that the Pirates’ 25-man roster is almost set. There are only seven healthy bullpen options remaining in camp, with Jose Ascanio...

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