First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them
Apr07

First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them

Once upon a time, it seemed like every top pitching prospect the Pittsburgh Pirates had would go down with a major injury. Bobby Bradley, Kris Benson, Sean Burnett, Bryan Bullington, John Van Benschoten, and plenty of others were plagued by injuries. Some of those injuries were career altering. But over the last several years, that trend has disappeared. Under Neal Huntington, the Pirates have been extremely cautious with their...

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Winter League Playoffs 1/16 — Two Hits For Navarro

Just the Dominican and Venezuelan Leagues were playing tonight, with a few Pirates’ players and friends   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Aguilas Cibaenas  3,  Tigres del Licey  1 3B Yamaico Navarro went 2-for-3, but his Tigres managed only 3 other hits in the game.  Los Tigres scored their only run in the bottom of the 1st, on two singles, including one by 2B Anderson Hernandez, and an RBI double.  C Ronny Paulino flied out to right...

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This Date in Pirates History: January 6

Just like yesterday there are no major transactions on this particular date or big time player with birthdays so the lesser known players take the spotlight starting with a couple recent pitchers. Jimmy Barthmaier (1984) Pitcher for the 2008 Pirates. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2003 and pitched for them in the minors until the Pirates selected him off waivers in November of 2007. He began the next year in the minors before...

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Pirates release Jimmy Barthmaier

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right handed pitcher Jimmy Barthmaier, according to Rob Biertempfel.  Barthmaier had been pitching in AA this season, returning from Tommy John surgery. In his career at AAA prior to the injury, Barthmaier had put up a 3.53 ERA in 79 innings over 17 starts, with an 8.1 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9 ratio.  In his time with AA this year, Barthmaier really struggled.  He pitched just three...

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Notes: Jack Taschner returns, Barthmaier, Aguero, Moreno injury updates

A few notes before the game tonight… -The Pirates activated Jack Taschner from the 15-day disabled list last night, and optioned Steven Jackson to AAA. -Jimmy Barthmaier has been moved from Bradenton to Altoona in his rehab assignment.  Barthmaier made two appearances with Bradenton, combining for three innings, one run, one hit, no walks, and one strikeout. -Ramon Aguero started his rehab assignment with Bradenton....

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