Injury Updates: Starling Marte, Chad Qualls, Neil Walker, Travis Snider

Marte, Qualls, Walker Close to Getting Back With Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle can sigh in relief with several players getting close to coming back to playing with the Pirates. Marte (oblique) started his rehab assignment with State College tonight, and will have it transferred to Triple-A on Wednesday. Neil Walker (low back) continues to ramp his workouts, and Chad Qualls (big toe) struck out the side in his first rehab appearance...

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Pirates Notebook: Bucs on Winning End of 19-inning Game

Not since the heartbreaking 19-inning loss to the Atlanta Braves in 2011, which began the slide for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, had the club played a game that lasted this long.  The Bucs have played just four extra-inning games in the 2012 season, the longest lasting 12 frames. That was until Pittsburgh and St. Louis battled through 19 innings, six hours and seven minutes to notch their 67th victory of the season. It was...

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Pirates Notebook: Jones Breaks Out Big Bat; Burnett Gets Gritty

The Pirates have struggled on both sides of the game over their recent rough stretch. But Pittsburgh showed a gritty performance on Thursday to snap their three game skid against Los Angeles. It wasn’t a pretty performance, but it was a needed win for the club. Two big swings of the bat from Garrett Jones plated a career-high six RBI as he continues to have an impressive month of August, following solid months in June and July....

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Snider Progressing Through Hamstring Injury

Travis Snider continues to battle a right hamstring injury, which he suffered in Saturday night’s game. The outfielder didn’t start in the Pirates game on Thursday, but continues to have pinch-hit at-bats over the last two days. Snider connected for a pinch-hit double in the loss on Wednesday, then scored after Clint Barmes drove a triple into right field. The 24-year-old ran gingerly around the bases to not aggravate it....

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Pirates Notebook: Rodriguez Struggling Since Trade; Do Pirates Need to Look For Help?

Since the Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for three prospects, the left-hander hasn’t pitched well. After allowing five earned runs to Los Angeles in the Pirates third straight loss and their sixth of their last seven games, Rodriguez hasn’t posted numbers as expected. Since the trade, Rodriguez has a 5.58 ERA (15 ER, 24.2IP) over four starts after getting his third loss as a Pirate on Wednesday....

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