First Pitch: Why Don’t Pitchers Speak Up Sooner About Injuries?
Aug23

First Pitch: Why Don’t Pitchers Speak Up Sooner About Injuries?

Earlier today I spoke with James McDonald at Pirate City, talking about his injury this year and his rehab work. McDonald mentioned that he had trouble getting his arm loose early in the year, and felt “constricted”. He originally thought it was dead arm, then told the Pirates when the condition got worse. Later this evening, it was announced that Wandy Rodriguez would visit Dr. James Andrews after experiencing pain during...

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Wandy Rodriguez to See Dr. James Andrews
Aug22

Wandy Rodriguez to See Dr. James Andrews

SAN FRANCISCO — Starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez will see Dr. James Andrews, the Pirates announced Thursday. Andrews is known for examining pitching elbows and performing reconstructive elbow surgery. The team said Rodriguez “felt pain in his forearm during his simulated game / batting practice today” and will provide more information after visiting Dr. Andrews. Rodriguez’s last start came on June 5, when he...

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First Pitch: The Reason the Pirates Could Be Successful For Many Years
Aug20

First Pitch: The Reason the Pirates Could Be Successful For Many Years

Baseball teams pay ridiculous prices for pitching. The Texas Rangers just traded a top 50 prospect and three Grade B pitching prospects a month ago for two months of Matt Garza. Zack Greinke got $147 M over six years over the off-season. Anibal Sanchez got $80 M for five years, while Edwin Jackson got $52 M for four years. Even a 36-year-old starter like Ryan Dempster landed $13 M a year on the free agent market. The Pirates have...

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Pirates Notebook: West Coast Swing to Challenge Pirates Again
Aug19

Pirates Notebook: West Coast Swing to Challenge Pirates Again

Fans who keep a close eye on the calendar may notice the Pirates’ August déjà vu. On Sunday, August 19, 2012, the Pirates won a 19-inning game over the St. Louis Cardinals, then traveled to San Diego. The Padres swept the Bucs and Petco, and Pittsburgh started into a tailspin of 23 losses in 30 games. On Sunday, August 18, 2013, the Pirates lost a 16-inning game to the Arizona Diamondbacks, then traveled to San Diego. That date...

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Pirates Notebook: Tony Sanchez Says “There’s Nothing Better” Than Watching Martin
Aug16

Pirates Notebook: Tony Sanchez Says “There’s Nothing Better” Than Watching Martin

Tony Sanchez calls Russell Martin one of the league’s best catchers, and he is right to boast. Martin leads all MLB catchers in assists (73), runners caught stealing (23) and is fourth in caught stealing percentage (43 percent), plus he has started 87 of 120 games at catcher for the Pirates’ pitching staff that has baseball’s best ERA. Sanchez arrived in Pittsburgh on July 29 carrying his own pedigree as a former No....

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