PITTSBURGH — The Pirates will face the Colorado Rockies on Monday, as they’ll look to continue their winning ways that have earned them an 11-4 record through 15 games, a 2.5-game lead over St. Louis in the National League Central, and the second-most runs scored in the NL.
They’ll continue forward, however, without the services of starting second baseman Josh Harrison, at least for the next six weeks. Harrison was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday, and will be replaced at second and at the top of the Pirates lineup by Adam Frazier.
It’s an unfortunate injury for Harrison, who has been something of a beanball magnet over the last season-plus, but it’s an opportunity for Frazier to “take the bull by the horns.”
The Pirates recalled Max Moroff to replace Harrison on the roster, and also officially added Enny Romero to the roster, while shipping out Dovydas Neverauskas, who was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Here’s Moroff on getting sent down at the start of spring and getting the call more ready to stick this time around.
IT JUST MATTERS MORE
The Romero and Neverauskas moved finished a whirlwind few days for the bullpen, as the Pirates now have three new arms compared to the last time they inhabited PNC Park.
As Matt Gajtka wrote earlier on Monday, the Pirates hot start may have moved up the timeframe for their rebuild, including making changes to fix the bullpen just two weeks into the season.
ON THE MEND
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove threw for the first time since landing on the disabled list at the start of the season with a right shoulder strain. Manager Clint Hurdle had a positive report to give.
“Joe had a very good workout today,” Hurdle said. “Joe was able to throw, long toss, the slope work is coming. There may actually be a bullpen in play for Thursday. Very, very good workout today.”
Gm 16: ☠ (11-4) vs 🗻 (9-8)
SS 🤠@SquidBrault (3.46 ERA) vs. German Marquez (4.97)
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) April 16, 2018
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 16, 2018
It’s cold. Weather.com predicts the game-time temperature to be 39 degrees, with winds whipping at 15 MPH. That translates to a wind chill of about 30 degrees, and it’ll only get colder as the evening goes on. It does appear that it will be dry, at least until around 11 p.m., when some snow will be moving in. Let’s hope we’re done by then. The flags are stretched toward left-center, so PNC Park might be playing a hair small today.
I’ll be in the comments all game, so if you have questions about the team right now, or just want to talk about the game, feel free. Thanks for stopping by.