Pirates Notebook: Three Roster Situations

Here’s a look at three roster situations the Pittsburgh Pirates have to deal with: 1. Donald Veal Returns Veal has been on the 15-day DL, and started his rehab on June 8th. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, pitchers can only spend a maximum of 30 days in rehab. That means that Veal’s rehab is over after July 7th. Since Veal is a Rule 5 choice, the Pirates have two options: -Bring Veal up to the majors-Try...

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Pirates Notebook: Nate McLouth Part 2?

Two years ago I wasn’t sold at all on Nate McLouth. From what I could tell there were two camps: one which felt McLouth could be a solid everyday player that should be in the lineup, and another that felt McLouth had some power, but couldn’t hit for average to warrant everyday playing time. I wasn’t sold on his average, which was .249 in his first three seasons, although I did want him playing over guys like Jeromy...

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2009 Pirates are better than 2008 Pirates

At the end of the season last year, after watching the Pirates go 17-37 to finish the final two months of the season, there was little hope in the 2009 team. The Pirates traded their two best hitters of 2008 in Jason Bay and Xavier Nady. Free agency came and went in the coming months, with the only additions being on the bench, and some bullpen depth. It looked as if that 17-37 team was going to be the same team we would see in 2009,...

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Pirates Notebook: Who is the next to go?

I did my write up of the Nate McLouth trade last night. After thinking about it some more I guess my biggest problem is the timing. From what I read in the PPG, Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward were both untouchable. That’s understandable. Hanson is an ace, and I think Heyward could be another Jason Bay. That being said, I think we could have at least gotten Heyward in a deal for McLouth. The problem I have is the timing. Atlanta...

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Pirates Notebook: How to boost the offense

The Pirates offense has just looked pathetic in the last two games. For the last 20 innings, the Pirates have been held scoreless, getting completely shut down by Gavin Floyd (who came in to this series with an ERA over 7), and Clayton Richard (who entered tonight’s game with a 1.59 WHIP). The worst part is that two great pitching outings were wasted in the last two nights. Zach Duke pitched a gem yesterday, needing only 88...

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