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Andrew McCutchen: ‘I’m not 100 percent, and I realize that’

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen left the team’s 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals with left rib discomfort. McCutchen left Tuesday’s game in the sixth inning because his ribs were feeling “just sore” and to “take a little break” that will allow him to return for Wednesday’s finale against the Cardinals. “The plan is to play [Wednesday],”...
Via Sports-Glory
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Andrew McCuthen exits with rib discomfort

Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen, the reigning NL MVP,  was removed from Tuesday's 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning due to left rib discomfort (video here and below). The outfielder exited two innings after making a spectacular catch, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. McCutchen was replaced by Starling Marte in center with Jose Tabata comng...
Via MLB Injury News
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ike Davis’ three run blast in the 8th lifts Pirates past Cardinals 5-2

Lance Lynn was looking for his 15th win of the season Tuesday night at PNC Park, which would put him tied atop the lead in wins in the majors. His outing would give the Cardinals a chance to win. But this night would belong to Pirates’ starter Gerrit Cole through the first six innings. He threw six scoreless innings, only to allow one hit. A two-out double by Kolten Wong would...
Via Cardinals Farm
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Polanco down, Tabata up, Nix gone, Barmes back

The headline covers the Bucs’ notable roster moves on Monday: Gregory Polanco to Indianapolis, Jose Tabata back up from Indy, Jayson Nix designated for assignment, and Clint Barmes activated off the DL. Polanco going to the minors is a bit of a shock – especially if you’d have told me this would be happening a couple months ago – but it does make some sense. The rookie has...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregory Polanco Optioned To Triple-A Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) just got some good news. The Pirates have optioned rookie Gregory Polanco to them after a recent slump where he went 1/30 and batted .197 since July 9th.  Odds are that Gregory will see another opportunity with the Pirates by years end when rosters expand in September but a move back down may do him some good...
Via FF Locker Room
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates demote Polanco after rookie's second-half struggles

  The Pittsburgh Pirates sent struggling rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday and recalled outfielder Jose Tabata. Polanco made his major-league debut on June 10 but has slumped since the All-Star break. The 22-year-old had just one hit in his final 30 at bats before heading back to Indianapolis. Manager Clint Hurdle gave Polanco a handful of days...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Catching up on Monday: Sunday’s loss and Polanco’s demotion

I was set to put up a quick summary of yesterday’s game and where the Pirates are in their playoff quest when I came into lab this morning, only to find out that the Pirates had demoted Gregory Polanco to make room for Clint Barmes. So let’s start there, obviously. I see a lot of grumbling about this move online, but honestly, I don’t see a huge problem here. Polanco is obviously...
Via WHYGAVS?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Pirates vs. Cardinals

Monday, 7:05 (ROOT): John Lackey vs. Francisco Liriano Tuesday, 7:05 (ROOT): Lance Lynn vs. Gerrit Cole Wednesday, 12:35 (ROOT, MLBN): Adam Wainwright vs. Jeff Locke The Pirates don’t have any time to breathe easy after winning a series in Milwaukee – they’ve still got a good amount of ground to make up, and now they’ve got another matchup with an opponent they’re chasing...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-18-14 thru 8-24-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/18/14 thru 8/24/14, the 21st week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 30 Runs Scored and 29 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Starling Marte. Marte has been hot all month, but he really turned it on this week. Marte blasted 3 homers, scored 7 runs, and had 10 hits in 23 ABs...
Via Hidden Vigorish
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers 4, Pirates 3

The Pirates couldn’t turn what was already a good weekend into a great one, as a couple of homers weren’t enough to sweep the Brewers. I wouldn’t say it was “must-sweep” to stay in the division race, but the difference between a five game deficit and a three game deficit seems pretty big with only about a month to go. Still, they’ll go head to head with Milwaukee three...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 129: Pirates 10 Brewers 2

When idiot bloggers say things like it’s “insane and inexcusable” to play Pedro Alvarez at first base in the pennant race, it sort of circumvents an entire discussion about Pedro Alvarez and Ike Davis. Ike Davis isn’t really hitting like an ideal first baseman, he’s consistently on base and Pedro Alvarez isn’t consistently anything. Alvarez, though, has more raw power...
Via WHYGAVS?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The End of Charlie Morton’s Run at History

As of this writing, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a better than one-in-four chance of making the postseason. One of their pitchers, Charlie Morton, was recently placed on the disabled list with hip discomfort. Morton’s value is not necessarily reflected in his win/loss record, but he’s been an extremely serviceable pitcher this year, worth over a […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down Andrew McCutchen's rib avulsion

Pittsburgh Pirates star Andrew McCutchen recently returned from a stint on the disabled list after suffering an avulsion fra​cture of his 11th rib. Believing that the initial injury was related to the oblique muscle, the Pirates hoped that McCutchen would avoid the DL. After all, the center fielder was putting up MVP type numbers yet again with a slash line of .311/.411/.536...
Via Sports Injury Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: The right move was no move?!?

(Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Over the past 7 games, the mathematical percentage of the Pittsburgh Pirates reaching the National League playoffs  has dropped from over 60% down to just 20.8% during a 7-game losing streak that’s seen the club not only sink to 64-62, but also descend back to .500 baseball (21-21) since July 1st....
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Clint Hurdle throws up hands in frustration, starts Pedro Alvarez at first base

Ike Davis has not been a particularly great acquisition for the Pirates this year. I guess he’s provided the Pirates some Garrett-Jones-level production for slightly less money than Garrett Jones would’ve cost, but Garrett-Jones-level production these days is about replacement level, which is squarely where Davis sits in his few months with the Pirates. You don’t trade potentially...
Via WHYGAVS?
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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