Pirates Activate Jared Hughes, Option Vic Black
Aug02

Pirates Activate Jared Hughes, Option Vic Black

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Jared Hughes from his rehab assignment with Indianapolis, and have optioned Vic Black to Triple-A. Hughes was on a rehab assignment, and from all of the reports I’ve received he has been pitching very well. His sinker has been looking like the sinker he had when he first came up, and not the version we saw earlier in the year. He dealt with control problems earlier in the year as well, and...

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Taking a Look at the Pirates’ Bullpen Depth
Jul22

Taking a Look at the Pirates’ Bullpen Depth

Jason Grilli left tonight’s game with right forearm discomfort. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow, at which point we will hopefully learn more about his situation and whether he will miss any time. Forearm discomfort and a pitcher walking off the mound and leaving the game after throwing a pitch usually don’t result in just a few days off. It’s very possible the Pirates will need a replacement on the roster for Grilli...

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Injury Updates: Rodriguez, McDonald, Walker, Hughes, McPherson
Jul20

Injury Updates: Rodriguez, McDonald, Walker, Hughes, McPherson

Here are some injury updates on some of the Pirates major leaguers. The first two come via Rob Biertempfel and Michael Sanserino on Twitter. **Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) and James McDonald (shoulder) are expected to begin throwing next week. It’s possible that both could return by September when rosters expand, although I don’t see either returning before that point if they’re just starting to throw in late-July....

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Minor Moves: Harlan and Lopez Promoted, Hughes Sent To Indianapolis
Jul14

Minor Moves: Harlan and Lopez Promoted, Hughes Sent To Indianapolis

Two pitchers have moved up in the Pittsburgh Pirates system today, while two players at the upper level flip roster spots again. Left-hander Thomas Harlan has been promoted to the Bradenton Marauders, while righty Cesar Lopez has taken his spot on the West Virginia Power roster. No corresponding moves have been announced for Bradenton yet to open up a spot for Harlan, or with Jamestown to fill the spot of Lopez. Thomas Harlan is a big...

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GCL Notes: First Looks at Austin Meadows and Nick Buckner
Jul10

GCL Notes: First Looks at Austin Meadows and Nick Buckner

The GCL Pirates beat the GCL Blue Jays 9-8 today in a game that featured 28 hits, including 12 extra base hits. Today was the first time I had a chance to see first round pick Austin Meadows and 14th round pick Nick Buckner. I’ve got thoughts on those two players below, along with thoughts on first rounder Reese McGuire, who I’ve seen several times now. Austin Meadows Meadows went 1-for-4 on the day with a single. He just...

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