Evan Meek to the DL

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have placed relief pitcher Evan Meek on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain. Steven Jackson has been called up to replace Meek on the 25-man roster. The move hurts the Pirates, as Meek was arguably the best reliever in the bullpen, and one of the best pitchers on the team this year. Jackson was recently sent down to AAA for Jose Ascanio, but was eligible to return due...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/11/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 against Columbus. -Jose Tabata did not play.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 3 with a run. Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 0 for 4. Phil Dumatrait pitched six innings, allowing four ones (one earned) on six hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. AA The Result: Altoona won 10-3 against Portland. -Gorkys Hernandez went 3 for 6 with three runs....

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Pirates aren't out of the woods with Veal yet

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed 2009 Rule 5 draft pick Donald Veal on the 15-day DL today with a strained left index finger. To fill Veal’s spot, they purchased the contract of relief pitcher Chris Bootcheck, adding Bootcheck to the 40-man roster, which had an open spot. First, a bit on Bootcheck… Bootcheck was a first round pick in the 2000 MLB draft, taken with the 20th overall pick by the Angels. In his career, Bootcheck...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/6/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 6-4 against Charlotte. -Jose Tabata went 2 for 4 with a run.-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4. Other Game Notes: Phil Dumatrait got the start, going five innings with seven hits, four runs, three walks, and no strikeouts. Jeff Clement went 2 for 4 with his fourth homer at Indianapolis since coming over in the July 29th trade. AA The Result: Altoona...

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Pirates Notebook: How important are left handed relievers?

With the recent trades of Sean Burnett, John Grabow, and Tom Gorzelanny leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates short on left handers, a lot of focus has been on the value of left handed pitching out of the bullpen. The Pirates currently are short on left handed pitching out of the bullpen, not just in the majors, but in the minors as well. Donald Veal is the only lefty reliever on the major league roster, although the only reason he’s...

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