Should Jose Ascanio Be Added to the 25 Man Roster?

Jose Ascanio started tonight’s Indianapolis Indians game, making his final rehab appearance during his time on the 15-day disabled list.  A quick look at the 40-man roster page shows that Ascanio is out of options, which means that when he is eligible to return, he will have to go on the 25-man roster, or be designated for assignment. Ascanio started his rehab stint on April 11th.  By rule, rehab time for pitchers can last up to...

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Game 30 Recap: Friars Hit Three Homers to Beat Bucs

San Diego’s bats awoke somewhat. The Padres got three solo homers from players who had yet to homer in 2011 in beating Pittsburgh 6-5. The Pirates drew first blood off of Mat Latos. Andrew McCutchen drew a walk to lead off the game. Xavier Paul’s bunt went for a single. One out later, Neil Walker doubled them both in. Latos would not be scored on again and went six innings. He benefited from three double plays turned...

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The Second Best Bullpen in the Majors

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a similar situation to their 2009/2010 off-season, as it pertained to the bullpen.  They didn’t have an established closer, they only had one or two strong internal options, and they were looking to add a few players in the month of January to boost the pen.  Looking back at my preview of the bullpen in early January, we see the parallels, and the state the bullpen was in at the...

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Game 28 Recap: Morton Wins His 3rd, Bucs Take Series

Everyone who reads this blog likely knows that Charlie Morton only won three games in 2010. He already has three wins and he and his electric stuff will hopefully have little resistance to notching double digit wins. In unrelated news, the Pirates put together two large scoring outbursts to aid Morton. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez was in trouble from the get-go. The Pirates stranded two runners in the first inning. The Pirates broke...

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Game 19 Recap: Fish Pound McDonald

A game whose scoring started with so much promise – Pedro Alvarez’ first homer of the year – quickly turned into a disaster. Scott Cousins hit a grand slam in the second inning and Brett Hayes hit a three run bomb in the next inning as Florida clobbered James McDonald and the Pirates. Alvarez’ tater came with two down in the second off Chris Volstad. The led didn’t last long. McDonald loaded the bases in...

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