Karstens Sidelined With Sore Shoulder

According to Rob Biertempfel on Twitter, Jeff Karstens missed his scheduled bullpen session today due to sore right shoulder. He will still be able to play catch and soft toss. Karstens told him he is “just being smart” and not trying to get hurt by overdoing it early in Spring Training. Stolmy Pimentel also missed his schedule BP. According to Biertempfel, he was a late arrival to camp. #Pirates Karstens has sore rt front...

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Winter Leagues Recap: Updates on Newest Pirates

With the trade between the Red Sox and Pirates completed, it adds two more names to the Winter League mix. Both Ivan DeJesus and Stolmy Pimentel came over to the Pirates yesterday from the Red Sox as part of the return for Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt. They have also both played Winter ball this year, although it looks like Pimentel is done for the season. Ivan DeJesus played last night and his first game while as a member of the...

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Where Would the New Prospects Fit in the 2013 Top 50?

The 2013 Top 50 Prospects list is exclusive to the 2013 Prospect Guide, which is now available on the products page of the site. When putting together the top 50 prospect list, I asked everyone on the site for their top 50 prospects. I then created a formula which included weighted rankings based off who saw which prospects, outliers, and the average of the original lists. From there, everyone argued certain players up or down the...

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Why the Joel Hanrahan Trade is a Good Move

The Joel Hanrahan trade was completed today, with Hanrahan and Brock Holt going to Boston. The Pirates received four players in the trade: Jerry Sands, Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. Here are my thoughts on each player in the deal, and the overall trade. From the Pirates Joel Hanrahan - Hanrahan is a great reliever. However, I’m not a believer in small market teams paying relief pitchers this much....

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Pirates Trade Joel Hanrahan and Brock Holt to the Red Sox

After hearing on Sunday that there will be no news on the Pirates and Red Sox deal for Joel Hanrahan until after Christmas, we hear news this afternoon from Peter Gammons on Twitter that the deal is done. No details as of yet, but if he is saying the deal is done, I’d expect them shortly. -JD They were right. The Hanrahan deal was finished after Christmas, as in done today, Boxing Day — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) December 26,...

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