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Charlie Morton could be a candidate for the 60-day disabled list, which would clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
The Pirates committed roster spots to Jonathan Sanchez and Brandon Inge today, which means they will eventually have to create spots on the 40-man roster for each player. Both players were Article XX-B free agents, which means the team had until today to either commit a roster spot to them, pay them a $100,000 bonus to retain their services as a minor league free agent, or release them. That’s a new classification this year, brought on by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The catch here is that teams can commit a roster spot to a player without making a corresponding move right away. The Pirates don’t have to open those 40-man spots until they submit their final roster.
The team currently has two players who could be eligible for the 60-day disabled list. Charlie Morton and Francisco Liriano are both rehabbing, and both throwing bullpen sessions. Morton is returning from Tommy John surgery, and just threw his third bullpen and live BP a few days ago. Liriano threw his third bullpen a few days ago, and is hoping to be back in a month. The Pirates could place either player on the 60-day disabled list, but that would put them out until June 1st. Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington noted that the team will hold off on those decisions, hoping that both players could be ready before June 1st.
“We’re still fighting up against the clock with Charlie and Francisco and want to try and keep them off the 60-day if we can,” Huntington said. “If we feel like there’s a legitimate chance we can have them back before June 1st, we want to be able to have them back before June 1st. But sometimes you bang up against roster issues, sometimes you bang up against some other things — any setbacks or anything like that. But as we sit here right now they both have a legitimate chance to be ready to go on, or before [June 1st].”
If the Pirates did place one, or both, on the 60-day DL, that would clear up a roster spot on the 40-man. It seems more likely that Morton will go on the 60-day at this point, with Liriano having a better shot at returning before June 1st. If the Pirates need a second spot, that would have to come from designating a player on the 40-man roster for assignment. That problem could work itself out, depending on what happens with the final position battles on the 25-man.
Jeanmar Gomez is currently fighting for the final spot in the rotation. He could also be an option for the bullpen. If he doesn’t make the team, Gomez is out of options and would have to be designated for assignment. That would open up the final roster spot, if it’s still needed. At this point I’d say the fifth starter spot will go to Jeff Locke. Gomez would have a shot at the bullpen if Jeff Karstens has to start the year on the disabled list. That seems likely to happen, which means the Pirates would have to find someone else to remove from the 40-man roster.
BEST OF MAXIM
Opening Day is less than a week away, and we’re finally starting to see what the last couple spots on the 25-man roster will look like when the Bucs head to Pittsburgh this weekend. It isn’t pretty. Here’s a breakdown of the situation:
The most important position that needed to be filled during spring training was the back of the rotation. Originally, it appeared...
The Pirates finished up their final cuts to minor league camp along with designating Clint Robinson and Hunter Strickland for assignment and have set their Opening Day roster. It will look like this:
SP A.J. Burnett
SP Wandy Rodriguez
SP James McDonald
SP Jonathan Sanchez
SP Jeff Locke
RP Jeanmar Gomez
RP Chris Leroux
RP Jared Hughes
RP Mark Melancon
RP Tony Watson
RP Justin Wilson...
Poor Audris Rijo. The girlfriend of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jonathan Sanchez had a rough Sunday night on the Univision reality show, Nuestra Belleza Latina 2013. Word of naked Rijo photos has rocked the reality show and sent viewers into a frenzy to find the goods.
(We know, because thousands of Internet users were flocking last night to BC.)
It was announced right here last year...
The Opening Day roster is all but set. The Pirates cut nine players this morning, leaving 26 active players in camp. The only question mark remaining is whether Brandon Inge will start the season on the disabled list, which would put Josh Harrison on the bench. At this point it looks likely that Inge will start on the DL.
Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington met with the media...
The Pirates have to make a decision on Jonathan Sanchez.
Today is the deadline for the Pittsburgh Pirates to make a decision on left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez wants to be a starter, and the Pirates have to either add him to the active roster, or grant him his release. Coincidentally, he’s also scheduled to start today. With the current makeup of the team, there should be...
Michael Sanserino is tweeting out a bunch of news today, but the most important points are here: Jonathan Sanchez has made the Pirates' rotation and Brandon Inge will make the Pirates' roster, though he may open the season on the disabled list. I've talked quite a bit about Sanchez already, particularly in yesterday's post about the rotation. There's some room...
Jason Grilli is well aware of the history.
After two promising summers turned into painful falls, the new Pittsburgh Pirates closer realizes what's at stake in 2013.
''You know, it's like three strikes and you're out,'' Grilli said. ''I don't think anybody in this clubhouse wants that to happen.''
Not if the group that's helped...
Hafner allowed just one hit and no walks in two innings
The Pirates took on the Blue Jays in three lower level minor league games. The two class A squads hooked up, while the teams added a rookie level game.
The high A game featured Nick Kingham, although he didn’t start. Jared Hughes opened the game, throwing a dozen pitches and then departing. That left Isaac Sanchez to...
Just as I feared, Brandon Inge has made the team. Not that I’m surprised. His signing led me to write this post about how all these “Just a Minor League Deals” shouldn’t be written off. This is probably the nail in the coffin for Jordy Mercer and possibly Josh Harrison. With the addition of John…
The Bucs have trimmed their roster down much like I predicted they would yesterday, and here’s what it looks like:
Rotation: A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, James McDonald, Jonathan Sanchez, Jeff Locke
Projected starters: Russell Martin, Garrett Jones, Neil Walker, Clint Barmes, Pedro Alvarez, Travis Snider, Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte
Bench: Michael McKenry, Jose Tabata...
I’m just going to combine the last two Roster Watch articles. I called Justin Wilson making this team waaaaaaaaay back when I did the Kyle McPherson article. Everyone knew that Tony Watson was going to make the roster, he has had two pretty good seasons in the bigs and has carved out a role in…
The seventh weekend of the college season is about to get under way, with some teams starting their schedule a day earlier due to Easter Sunday. The Pirates have the #9 and #14 picks in the upcoming June amateur draft. Throughout the college/HS season, leading up to the draft, we will cover the interesting players that are being discussed in the Pirates draft range. There will also...
When word leaked out yesterday that the Brewers had come to a three-year/$33 million agreement with Kyle Lohse, a lot of Pirate fans immediately started wondering why the Pirates didn't make more of a push for Lohse given their current rotation woes. There are a lot of fairly straightforward answers to this question: Lohse is due for some regression and is much more likely to...