Injury Updates: McDonald, Wandy, Tabata, Gomez, and More

Along with the A.J. Burnett injury news today, here are some other rehab updates for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with their DL almost looking like an additional 25-man roster these days. RHP Jeanmar Gomez (right forearm strain/inflammation) will start a rehab assignment tonight with Indianapolis, throwing four innings or 60-65 pitches. RHP Jared Hughes (right shoulder inflammation) isn’t currently throwing, and is currently...

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Pirates Make Reid and Hughes Official, Option Presley, Irwin to 60-Day DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially called up Ryan Reid and Jared Hughes. To make room for the two pitchers on the roster they have placed Jeanmar Gomez on the 15-day DL (right forearm inflammation/strain) and have optioned Alex Presley to Triple-A. The Pirates had to add Ryan Reid to the 40-man roster. To create a spot they had to re-instate Phil Irwin from the Triple-A disabled list, recall him to the majors, and place him on the...

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First Pitch: The Bullpen, The Depth, and The Regression

I’ve spent most of the day working on finishing up the draft rankings with John Dreker. We will be writing up the draft rankings article tomorrow, and recording the rest of the draft podcast. All of that will go up on Tuesday as we prepare for the MLB Draft on Thursday. Because I spent most of the day working on those rankings, I’m going with a “thoughts” article tonight. **How great was the bullpen tonight?...

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Pirates Ride Jones’ River Shot, Superb Bullpen To 5-4 Comeback Win

When PNC Park was built in 2001 along the North Shore of the Allegheny River, the Pirates erected a sign on the right-field wall to track how many home runs the Bucs would hit into the river on the fly. Twelve years later: 1. After the Pirates (35-22) missed chances to score all weekend long, Garrett Jones left. No doubt. Jones ripped a slider from Cincinnati Reds’ set-up man Jonathan Broxton inside and above the right-field...

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Links: Are the Pirates For Real?

Every year it seems like there’s one surprise team that everyone starts talking about early in the season. The Pirates have been a surprise team in each of the previous two years, but I don’t recall the discussion starting this early (probably because they broke out in June 2011, and had a historically bad offense this time of the year last year). In the last few days there have been a few articles that have gone up...

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