PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Bucs put Watson on paternity list, Caminero on DL

The Pirates made a series of roster moves on Wednesday, putting Arquimedes Caminero on the 15-day disabled list, placing Tony Watson on the paternity list and recalling both Rob Scahill and Kyle Lobstein from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Via Pirates.com
3 hours ago

Gregory Polanco is here

One of the big mistakes that we, as baseball fans, make (and I’m including myself in this group with a bullet) is assuming that all players develop along a similar pattern. Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco all came up through the minors as five-tool centerfielders with gap power and very high ceilings, and so the expectation for Polanco (pretty inarguably...
Via WHYGAVS?
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

A Status Update on the Francisco Liriano Experience

Francisco Liriano‘s most recent outing for the Pittsburgh Pirates ended with eight consecutive balls and the bases loaded. The Pirates won that game, 12-1, over the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Liriano allowed just one earned runs on two hits, but the outing was nevertheless troubling for the 32-year-old lefty. Troubling because he walked five and struck out two, marking the third...
Via Fangraphs
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates’ pitchers knock out more D-backs

PHOENIX — The team that knocked Paul Goldschmidt out for the final two months of the 2014 season was at it again Tuesday. D-backs second baseman Jean Segura was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital after being struck in the face by a 96 mph fastball from Pirates right-hander Arquimedes Caminero in the seventh inning of a 12-1 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park. After D-backs reliever Evan...
Via Today's Knuckleball
17 hours ago

Hot Coffee: Polanco enjoying life in the 3-hole

After their 12-1 win over the D-Backs at PNC Park on Tuesday, the Pirates could trace almost half their runs back to right fielder Gregory Polanco. Finding a rhythm in the first inning, Polanco went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBIs.
Via Pirates.com
17 hours ago

Skipping Taillon's start 'part of the plan'

Stand down, Pirates fans. Top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon is skipping his next turn through the Triple-A Indianapolis rotation, but he's not hurt. Nor is he coming to join the Pirates -- not yet, anyway.
Via Pirates.com
17 hours ago

Francisco Liriano has some serious home/road splits this year

Francisco Liriano has always had a home/road split as a Pirate. This isn’t necessarily surprising; PNC Park is a very friendly park to left-handed pitchers because it’s very unfriendly to right-handed hitters and Liriano fits into it almost like a hand in a glove, with his ground-ball oriented approach and the way he dominates left-handed hitters. His splits this year and beyond...
Via WHYGAVS?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates pitcher Vogelsong dealing multiple facial fractures

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong remains hospitalized with swelling and multiple facial fractures, a day after the veteran took a 92 mph fastball to the head from Colorado pitcher Jordan Lyles. Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said Tuesday that Vogelsong is ''in good spirits'' but added that doctors won't be able to determine the extent of the damage around...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 43: Pirates 6 Rockies 3

There is nothing that makes you contemplate your connection to the world quite like an eye injury does. I’m speaking from experience here; when I was 11 I was hit hard in the eyebrow with a line drive and had no idea how bad the injury was until I got to the hospital (I was lucky, no broken bones, and what seems to have been a pretty minor concussion). More recently, I’ve been...
Via WHYGAVS?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ryan Vogelsong hit in face with pitch, carted off

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong left Monday’s game against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning after being hit in the face by a pitch. Vogelsong was batting with the bases loaded and one out in the second inning when Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles appeared to strike him in the face with a 92-mph fastball. Vogelsong fell immediately in the batter’s box, where...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 50 AAA Starting Pitchers

Embed from Getty Images Pittsburgh Pirates fans are just salivating at the idea of Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow joining the big league rotation. Pittsburgh is just four games over .500, but in second place and 6 games behind the first place Chicago Cubs. They own the sixth worst ERA in the National League, and Gerrit Cole (2.79) is the only starter with an ERA under 4...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Polanco due for a breakout season?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are often considered to have the best outfield in baseball. Thanks to the likes of Andrew McCutchen at center field, and Starling Marte in left. Rounding out the trio comes Gregory Polanco in right field. Called up midway through the 2014 season, the Pirates have been patiently waiting for him to develop into the star-caliber player they believe him to be....
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates Have Been Good, Just Not in the Way We Expected

If you were looking to rank early-season National League storylines, the Pirates playing at an 87-win pace probably wouldn’t be near the top of the list. As a narrative, it doesn’t compete with the scorching-hot Cubs, the surprising Phillies, a team that can’t win home games in Atlanta, and plenty of exciting individual players. Our preseason projections had the Pirates finishing...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Francisco Liriano spun around like a top trying to locate a grounder

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Francisco Liriano made one of the best between-the-legs catches you'll ever see back in 2013. On Wednesday night, he tried to make a similar snag, but the grounder went off his leg and he had absolutely no clue where the ball went.The hit came off the bat of Daniel Castro, who was able to leg out a single thanks to Liriano's confusion.It only took him two...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Keep Francisco Cervelli as a Bargain

The weakest free agent class in recent memory just got weaker again, as Francisco Cervelli has now joined Stephen Strasburg in taking a mid-season extension rather than testing the open market this winter. Sources: Francisco Cervelli has signed a three-year contract extension with the Pirates. Total money is $31 million. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 17, 2016 As Passan notes...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

VICS: United Fiber and Data To Sponsor Munoz for Indy 500

For the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Carlos Munzo’s No. 26 Honda is getting a new sponsor as United Fiber and Data will be his primary sponsor for the race. “The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is a signature milestone is the history of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’,” said Bill Hynes, Founder & CEO of United Fiber and Data. “We could not pass up...
Via On Pit Road
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates accuse Jake Arrieta of intentionally hitting player

The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs remains alive and well. The two teams traded hit batsmen during Saturday’s game, with the Pirates in particular accusing Jake Arrieta of throwing at Jung Ho Kang, an allegation the Cubs denied. “Anytime somebody like Arrieta hits somebody, you’ve got to assume automatically that one didn’t just get away,” Pirates...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Kang already making an impact

It didn’t take long for Pittsburgh Pirates’ third baseman Jung Ho Kang to make an impact on his return from injury. A 232 day long recovery process saw the rising Pirates’ star deliver two home-runs in his first game back in the Major Leagues. What made the event even sweeter for Pirates’ fans was that it came against their division rival the St. Louis Cardinals. The Kangshow...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung Ho Kang hits two homers in Pirates’ season debut, Korean announcers go wild

It was one of the more heartbreaking stories of last season when Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop/third baseman Jung Ho Kang injured his knee forcing him to miss the team’s Wild Card game. Cut to Friday night when Kang returned to the Bucs’ lineup against dreaded Central Division rival St. Louis and he promptly celebrated his return by hitting not one, but two home runs at Busch...
Via Awful Announcing
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Gerrit Cole asked to calm down at Pens-Caps game

The Pittsburgh Pirates dropped a fourth-straight game at home to the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. Following the four-game sweep at home, members of the Pirates may have been ready to do something to take their mind off the sting of losing. What better way to do that than by taking in a postseason hockey game? Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole did just that as...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Zika virus concerns could doom series in Puerto Rico

Concerns over the Zika virus have been a big part of the conversation leading up to the Rio Olympics, and now the disease could have an impact on the MLB as well. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins are scheduled to play a two-game series in Puerto Rico later this month. However, the virus has been transmitted locally in Puerto Rico, and the Pirates have expressed reservations about...
Via The Comeback
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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