Found April 18, 2012 on Razzball:
Gerrit Cole | RHP, Pirates | Born: 9/8/1990 As the first overall selection in the 2011 draft, signed out of UCLA to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a bonus worth $8 million, Gerrit Cole has arrived in pro baseball with large expectations. The hype isn’t without merit, though. Cole’s heater tops out at 102 mph and he counters with a deadly slider and a plus change. His arsenal is impressive, and at an athletic 6-4, 220, Cole’s frame projects wonderfully. He’s simply oozing with ace-potential. Trevor Bauer, his teammate at UCLA, has captured most of the fantasy-prospect-to-watch headlines this spring, and based on his proximity to the majors, rightfully so. Looking long-term, however, Cole figures to be the safer bet to reach and sustain fantasy ace status. The major factor holding him back for the time being is command. The aforementioned 100+ mph fastball isn’t quite as precise as Pirates hope it soon will be. For now, Pittsburgh has Cole working in the mid-90′s, focusing on h...

Joel Hanrahan likely out until Friday

#Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (tight hammy) likely not back in action until Friday. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) April 18, 2012   I guess it could be worse. The Pirates’ bullpen will already be depleted due to having to pitch eight innings on Tuesday night and will now be without their best pitcher in the series finale against Arizona. Hanrahan “tweaked” his hamstring...

Jeff Karstens to DL; Brad Lincoln recalled

#Pirates place RHP Jeff Karstens on 15-day DL and recall RHP Brad Lincoln from Class AAA Indianapolis. — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) April 18, 2012   As you know, Jeff Karstens was pulled after just one inning in yesterday’s game at Arizona due to “shoulder inflammation.” He will be evaluated by team doctors tomorrow to determine just how bad the injury is. Obviously...

Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot Costume Update

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 in front of yours truly and 19,197 other people on Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The win improved the Pirates to 4-7 and moved their magic number to 77 games in pursuit of achieving my lofty preseason expectations of the Bucs- a non losing season after 19 consecutive...

Jeff Karstens pulled after first inning with shoulder inflammation

Jeff Karstens was removed from tonight’s start after giving up two runs in the first inning. He batted in the top half of the 2nd but did not go back out to pitch. The Pirates’ Twitter page states that Karstens was pulled from the game due to “inflammation in his right shoulder” and will be evaluated when the team returns to Pittsburgh. More information will be made available...

The Pittsburgh Pirate Pacific Time Zone Challenge!

Tonight the Pittsburgh Pirates and their miserable offense will go head-to-head with potential Cy Young candidate Ian Kennedy in Arizona. The game will start a 9:40 PM in the Eastern Time Zone. Can you stay awake for the whole game? Why would you want to? Well, I'll probably be awake for the whole game, because that's how I roll. So take the challenge with me and with other...

Game 12 Live Chat: Pirates vs Diamondbacks

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Game 12

Well I guess the question of what spot A.J. Burnett will take has probably been answered with Jeff Karstens being pulled due to shoulder inflammation. Some of these guys finally looked like Major League hitters, and if not for Jason Grilli giving up the lead would have beaten a very, very good pitcher in Ian [...]

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals – Game 13

Sure the road trip was a bit disappointing, but the Pirates got through a very tough part of the schedule, probably the toughest, without really hitting anything and they are 5-7.  They have a better record than Chicago, Houston, and Cincinnati and are just one game behind Milwaukee.  They also have played zero division games over [...]
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