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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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: The Bullpen

If there’s one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates have had success adding players over the last few years, it’s been the bullpen.  That was seen in 2011 with the makeup of the top performers in the bullpen.  The 2011 pen was made up of mostly outside acquisitions from the past few years, most of those coming from low cost moves. Top closer Joel Hanrahan was acquired in a trade, along with Lastings Milledge, in exchange for...

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Ross Ohlendorf Recalled, Joe Beimel DFAd

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, and have designated left handed reliever Joe Beimel for assignment, per a team press release.  The Ohlendorf recall was expected, as he is scheduled to start tonight for the Pirates.  The Beimel move isn’t a big surprise, as he’s struggled with the Pirates this year when healthy, with a 5.33 ERA in 25.1 innings. Buster Olney mentions that the Yankees...

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Game 123 Recap: Bucs Drop See Saw Contest

The Pirates battled back from deficits all night to tie the score in the eighth, with good chances to push ahead. They were unable to take the lead in the eighth, with two runners getting thrown out at the plate. In the ninth, Joel Hanrahan had a very rare poor outing and Cincinnati scored three times to win 11-8. Neither Pittsburgh starter Kevin Correia or Reds hurler Homer Bailey were around to get a decision. After three scoreless...

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Game 117 Recap: Greinke Mows Down Pirates

For the Pirates to have much of a chance to return to contention in 2011 they needed to start off strongly in this series with Milwaukee. Zach Greinke made sure that didn’t happen. Milwaukee caught some breaks to pile on a lead against Paul Maholm. In the second Casey McGehee singled and could have potentially been erased on a double play comebacker from Yuniesky Betancourt. But Maholm bobbled the batted ball off...

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