Ryan Vogelsong to Start Wednesday in Place of Francisco Liriano

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Francisco Liriano is unable to make his scheduled start on Wednesday night against the Detroit Tigers due to right hamstring discomfort. Ryan Vogelsong will make his first start for the Pirates in his place. Liriano is listed day-to-day at this point, so it sounds like it is a minor issue, but we will update this article if anything else comes up.

Vogelsong has pitched once this season, allowing two runs (one earned) over two innings on Friday night. The Pirates will hope to get a lot of innings out of him, as Juan Nicasio went just three innings on Tuesday afternoon. Kyle Lobstein, who is the other long man out of the bullpen, threw three innings and 59 pitches after Nicasio, so he will be unavailable. Cory Luebke also threw two innings, so he is unlikely to be used tomorrow.

  • Oh boy, have no confidence in Volelsong. Can not wait until the guys from the minors come up to give the Bucs a starting rotation that doesn’t have 3 question marks in it.

  • All offseason much of the discussion with the media was around the offense, but as many–including myself–pointed out it will be the PITCHING that will be the biggest key. As a contender the Pirates did not do close to enough to even maintain their pitching from last year let alone improve. The rotation is worse than last year and so is the pen–minus the late relievers. Luebke and Lobstein are not good and at least one should have no business at all on this team. The depth is basically dependent on our prospects in the minors which means that there is no room for error in the early going in the season–with injury or inefficiency. I have a feeling that if we are going to be successful this year that we are going to have to get top production from Glasnow and Taillon/Kuhl early this year.

  • Kuczler318@comcast.net
    April 13, 2016 12:42 am

    Let’s hope Liriano is going to be ok. We really need him.

  • Kuczler318@comcast.net
    April 13, 2016 12:40 am

    With Vogelsong pitching I am no longer upset that the game will not be on local TV tomorrow

  • Ok, remember the other day when I posted that I had put my panic button in storage…
    Well, I guess if RV only goes 3 innings tomorrow and gives up 6 runs, its coming out. Ugh…
    I hope I am wrong.

  • Liriano must have strained his hammy running the bases after all the hits he’s been collecting. Seriously, the bullpen is in a bind now. Luebke and Lobstein pitched today and Caminero has already pitched in 4 games. Feliz. Watson and Melancon have pitched in 5 games. If Hurdle falls in love with this 7-8-9 inning routine and doesn’t let starters go deeper, those three will be dead come September.

    • Exactly what we’ve been saying for over a month…..

    • He needs starters with the ability to go deep before he can let them; this staff was set up for quick hooks and multi-inning pen appearances. Lobstein just can’t be the only guy he lets go more than one inning.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    April 12, 2016 8:56 pm

    I know its early, very early, but the Pirates are not off to very good start in providing evidence that the defense has improved. The Pirates have the second most errors in the NL (9 in 8 games) and have the third worst fielding percentage in the NL.
    Shockingly, the Cards are at the very bottom in fielding….

    • Credit Jaso for being mostly invisible at 1B (that’s a good thing), but you’re right, the rest of the club has been pretty sloppy.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    April 12, 2016 8:49 pm

    Vogelsong starting against the Tigers lineup…….hold your breath!

  • This is the most important game of the season. It’s a defining moment when the PBC steps up and shows what they are made of.

  • BallHeadWonder
    April 12, 2016 7:37 pm

    Vogelsong has to get through that Tiger lineup 3 times????? Ain’t no way in hell!! Watch the game from Left Field tomorrow!! You will get a number of chances to get a ball, because it will be coming early and often!! Trust and believe!!!

    • Baseball is weird game which makes me think vogelsomg goes 6 and we win. The middle bullpen is absolute mess right now though. What was a great strength at the end of last season currently is a major weakness.

      • It’s only the third series of the year, plenty of time for him to adjust, but for this thing to work Hurdle has to get comfortable throwing his better bullpen arms multiple innings. Simply not practical to throw 3-4 of your best bullpen arms a single inning every time you pull a starter early, which will be quite often on this team (as planned). Lobstein/Vogelsong cannot be your only multi-inning pen arms, and Watson/Melancon have *already* been used five times in eight games.

        Having Leubke assume the Stolmy Pimentel / Radhames Liz role certainly hurts depth, but I still think it’s worth the potential reward.

  • The depth problem (in my opinion) in the starting rotation rears its ugly head.

  • Scott Kliesen
    April 12, 2016 6:52 pm

    Better bring the bats tomorrow, boys.

  • Is Joe Blanton still available?

  • William Hritz
    April 12, 2016 5:54 pm

    Time to put Lobstein on ten-day option and recall Boscon?

    • I would prefer putting Lobstein on the 1,000 day option.

    • Boscan would need to be added to the 40-man roster. The only real options to come up without any other move being made are Trey Haley and Rob Scahill. Glasnow and Taillon are the only other healthy 40-man roster pitchers and neither is coming up for a spot start or bullpen appearance. The good thing with Vogelsong is that I’m sure he doesn’t mind taking one for the team and the feeling is mutual from the Pirates, so he can probably go 100 pitches if needed

    • Boscan sucks

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD
      April 12, 2016 8:58 pm

      Please NO – Boscan has no business being on a AAA roster, let alone a major league roster. We have to have someone better than him.

  • that explains why they didn’t use Vogelsong today