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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Pirates go with Burres over Karstens for the rotation

With Ross Ohlendorf set to return from the disabled list tomorrow, the Pittsburgh Pirates had to make a choice between Brian Burres and Jeff Karstens for the final spot in the rotation.  (Anyone remember about a month ago when they were choosing between Daniel McCutchen and Kevin Hart for the same role?)  The Pirates today picked Burres to remain in the rotation, with Karstens going to the bullpen. Neither Burres nor...

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Karstens moving to bullpen

Jen Langosch reports that Brian Burres will remain in the rotation and Jeff Karstens will move to the bullpen when Ross Ohlendorf returns from the disabled list on Monday.

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Ross Ohlendorf to return Monday

According to Dejan Kovacevic, John Russell announced that Ross Ohlendorf will return to the Pirates on Monday.  Ohlendorf pitched four shutout innings in Altoona last night, and Monday would be five days rest for him.  No word yet on who will be sent down when Ohlendorf returns, although it will probably be Jeff Karstens or Brian Burres, with my guess being...

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