Winter Leagues: Robbie Glendinning Helps Australia to Victory Over Team USA; Gonzalez Set for Surgery Today

Winter League action from Tuesday night for players from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Erik Gonzalez had his injured foot checked out by the Pirates on Tuesday and he will undergo surgery today. According to Luis Tomas Rae Barrett out of the Dominican, Gonzalez said that the rehab will take 8-10 weeks, which effectively ends his chances of playing more winter ball this year. He played 11 games before leaving Friday night after fouling a ball off of his left foot.

Pablo Reyes went 2-for-5 with his second double, a run scored and an RBI on Tuesday night. The single he collected was his first of the winter. He is now 6-for-32 (.188) through eight games, with two doubles, a triple and two homers, giving him a .500 slugging percentage.

Joel Cesar pitched for the first time since October 27th and he tossed a scoreless inning on no hits, one walk and two strikeouts. He gave up two runs in his previous outing, after putting together four scoreless appearances to open his winter.

Williams Jerez recorded the final out of the fifth inning, stranding two inherited runners. He finished the inning off with a strikeout. Jerez allowed a hit to start the sixth before being removed, but that runner was left stranded. He had two shutout innings over two appearances coming into this game.

Jesus Liranzo had his best outing of the winter, retiring all six batters he faced in his two shutout frames. He has a 2.08 ERA in 13 appearances, with all three runs he’s allowed coming in the same game.

In the Premier12 tournament, Robbie Glendinning and Australia took on Team USA and won 2-1 (boo!). Glendinning went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He is 4-for-17 with three walks and a sacrifice fly in five games.

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