Tag: Erik Kratz

Erik Kratz Clears Waivers, Elects Free Agency

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday afternoon that catcher Erik Kratz has cleared waivers and he elected to become a free agent rather than accept his assignment to Indianapolis. During his time with the Pirates, Kratz hit .107/.107/.179 in 18 games and threw out 44% of base runners attempting to steal. He was brought in […]
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Pirates Activate Jameson Taillon and Francisco Cervelli from Disabled List

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday afternoon that both Jameson Taillon and Francisco Cervelli have been activated from the disabled list for tonight’s game. Taillon is the starting pitcher today against the Milwaukee Brewers, while Cervelli is catching him. To make room on the active roster, Chad Kuhl has been optioned to Indianapolis and Erik […]
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The Hidden Value of Erik Kratz

PITTSBURGH — Since being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month, Erik Kratz hasn’t made much of an impression with his bat. He’s 1 for 26 at the plate and his lone hit — a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants — was in the grasp of outfielder Angel Pagan before […]
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Giles: How Much Do the Pirates Miss Francisco Cervelli Right Now?

As we’ve covered extensively in previous articles, Francisco Cervelli picked up last year where Russell Martin left off, earning a multi-year contract extension that will keep him under team control through the 2019 season. Cervelli’s .295/.370/.401 (119 wRC+) line in 2015 was critical to the team’s success, and prior to his injury, he had managed […]
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Good Locke, Bad Locke, or Just Bad Luck?

PITTSBURGH — Jeff Locke’s last seven starts have been a Jekyll and Hyde performance worthy of Robert Louis Stevenson. In four straight wins from May 19 to June 4, he gave up nine runs in 29.1 innings, pitching into the seventh inning in all four starts. Following that run, Locke threw two consecutive sub-par performances. […]
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Pirates Are an Erik Kratz Injury Away From Sean Rodriguez Catching

CHICAGO – The Pirates lost 4-3 to the Cubs tonight, continuing their recent slump by going 1-9 in their last ten games, and 5-16 in their last 21. The problems with the team this year haven’t been limited to just one thing. The pitching has been a big issue, but injuries have also made the […]
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Neal Huntington Discusses Pirates Bullpen Struggles and the Erik Kratz Trade

PITTSBURGH – The Pirates’ bullpen has been a frustrating mess for most of the season. The back-end of the bullpen, which features talented, experienced arms, has been inconsistent, and some of the team’s projections haven’t panned out with some of the other arms. It’s a problem that general manager Neal Huntington seems keenly aware of, and […]
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Pirates Notes: Erik Kratz Starts Today After a Whirlwind Weekend

PITTSBURGH – Catcher Erik Kratz, who was acquired by the Pirates Saturday from the Los Angeles Angels, will start tonight and catch Jon Niese for the first time, less than 24 hours after first arriving in Pittsburgh. It’s been a whirlwind couple of days for Kratz, who had to ask reporters what day it was while […]
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Pirates Place Francisco Cervelli on the DL After Hamate Surgery, Acquire...

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed starting catcher Francisco Cervelli on the 15-day disabled list with a broken hamate bone in his left hand, per a team press release. He injured himself while batting in the fourth inning last night. He underwent surgery today to remove the hook of the hamate bone. His estimated return is […]
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This Date in Pirates History: June 15- Part Two

Part one of today’s “This Date” article covers nine Pittsburgh Pirates trades. That article can be read here. In part two, we have six former players born on this date. In his Jolly Roger Rewind, John Fredland recaps a game that didn’t happen. Erik Kratz (1980) Catcher for the 2010 Pirates. He was originally drafted […]
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