Pirates Notebook: Karstens, McKenry Playing Wiffle Ball; Tabata in Better Frame of Mind

When Jeff Karstens takes the mound, Michael McKenry is usually the guy behind the plate. It’s been that way for the past two seasons more often than not, but the two work well and have fun together. “It’s a lot of fun because there’s a lot of trickery involved, different aspects of the game that you can fiddle with and play with,” McKenry said. “He’s a lot of fun to catch. It’s like playing wiffle ball every...

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Karstens, Tabata Exit Game With Groin Injuries

Both Jeff Karstens and Jose Tabata exited Saturday night’s 4-0 win over Milwaukee due to groin injuries. Karstens injured his right groin after making a pitch to Norichika Aoki with two runners on and one out in the eighth inning. After being evaluated by the training staff, Manager Clint Hurdle elected to remove the right-hander and call upon the bullpen to finish off the eighth inning and remainder of the game. Karstens missed...

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Starling Marte Placed on DL; Jose Tabata Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed rookie Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. Jose Tabata has been recalled from Triple-A. Pirates Prospects learned late last night that Tabata was heading to St. Louis to Join the team. Tabata has hit for a .297 average with Triple-A Indianapolis since being demoted from Pittsburgh in late July. There will be another roster move expected to come after the game or on...

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Irwin Strikes Out 8 In His Indians’ Debut; 3 Hits For Hague

Indianapolis Indians  6,  Syracuse Chiefs  2 (Box)   The Indianapolis Indians exploded with 4 runs in the top of the 9th to break a 2-2 tie with the Syracuse Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY.  Phil Irwin, just promoted to the Indians from AA Altoona made his AAA debut tonight and lasted 4 innings, but did not factor into the decision.  1B Matt Hague went 3-for-5 at the plate, and drove in the first insurance run in...

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Jose Tabata to Join Club in St. Louis

Jose Tabata is heading to join the Pirates in St. Louis according to a source. The outfielder has hit for a .297 clip with Triple-A Indianapolis since being demoted in early July. No word on the corresponding roster move yet. Both Starling Marte (right oblique strain) and Jordy Mercer (right wrist) were injured in the Pirates loss on Saturday night.

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