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The Pittsburgh Pirates' loss of pitcher Charlie Morton to Tommy John surgery will have major implications for the team and the player, now and into the future. Morton had the surgery Thursday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., an injury that surprised all concerned. Morton had been shut down after a May 29 start, at which time he acknowledged feeling off-and-on discomfort in the elbow for about three weeks. He was throwing off flat ground as recently as Sunday until asking to be examined. "It's been a chronic thing," general manager Neal Huntington said. "Picture a rope that over time, a little piece of string breaks, and another little piece of string breaks. We got to a point where it was no longer functional." From the moment the Morton news broke on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's website Thursday, the reaction on the Internet and on talk shows was about the effect on the rotation....
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It won't be long before the Pirates' treasured pitching prospects make it to Pittsburgh. Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft and the best of those prospects, was promoted to Double-A Altoona just two months into his first professional season. He pretty much left the Pirates no choice, going 5-1 with a 2.55 ERA, 69 strikeouts and 21 walks in 67 innings...
This press release was emailed to me the other day and I thought I’d pass it along for anyone interested:
Pittsburgh Pirates fans will have the opportunity to meet pitching legend and current Pirates announcer Steve Blass at a book signing he will conduct at Barnes & Noble at The Stacks at the Waterfront located at 100 West Bridge Street in Homestead on Saturday, June 16 from...
#TexasTech CF Barrett Barnes received a $1 million signing bonus from the #Pirates as 45th overall pick in #MLBDraft
— Scott Lacefield (@ScottLacefield) June 14, 2012
This news is a whole lot better than pretty much anything else we’ve been hearing about the Pirates in the past couple days. Barnes, an OF out of Texas Tech, was rated as the 41st best prospect heading into this...
Following the surprising and very upsetting news of Charlie Morton‘s Tommy John surgery, the Bucs could have used a nice lift from Erik Bedard and company tonight in Baltimore. They didn’t get it, and were blown out to complete a really awful series.
Bedard was bad from the start in his former home ballpark. The O’s struck for four runs in the first inning…the dagger being...
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First it’s with a heavy heart I acknowledge that apparently Root Sports has parted ways with Lacee Collins. She got hit pretty hard, often on this blog, but my god did Pittsburgh fans eat her alive. Hopefully she lands on her feet or heels or sneakers or whatever her preferred choice in footwear may be. [...]
The Pirates played a terrible game all around and dropped their second in a row to the Orioles, this time by a 7-1 blowout score.
Kevin Corriea was bad: 6 innings, 10 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), only 1 strikeout, 1 walk, and 1 homer. We’ve seen him get away with some mediocre outings that could have been a lot worse lately, but that wasn’t the case today. Baltimore took advantage...
Pirates (32-28) at Orioles (35-26)
7:05 PM EST–Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
During their recent stretch of of solid play, the Pirates have still had their fair share of ugly games. They’ve done a great job of “showering well” (as Clint Hurdle says) and shaking it off the next day, though, and that’s the goal tonight...
Pirates (32-30) at Indians (32-30)
7:05 PM EST–Progressive Field, Cleveland
Here is the MLB.com Gameday
TV: ROOT Sports
The Bucs will try and completely forget that awful Baltimore series as they head in Cleveland this week to take on the Indians for the weekend.
About the Indians:
A couple of strange similarities here: The Pirates and Indians have the same record, run differential...
I was always a big Erik Bedard fan - his stuff when he was on was fantastic, and the 15 strike-out game he had against Texas was probably the best pitched game I've ever seen live (batter were literally going back to the dugout shaking their heads). It would have been nice to see him do well tonight (though not quite well enough to win), and it wouldn't have been terribly...
This is going about exactly as I expected. One guy who is a very questionable starter and another who is in no way a starter going back to back against a really good team is a recipe for disaster. #Hurdled And this has been one of my main criticisms with Clint Hurdle and the Pirates [...]
I know blowouts suck, but losses like last night’s really frustrate me. Failing to capitalize on huge opportunities seems like it is this teams calling card. First Pitch: 4:05 PM EST Where To Watch: Root Sports, MLB.TV, STO Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP (28) Talk about a guy whose record is absolutely blowing away his actual [...]
Here's a running list with injury updates around the Major Leagues:
– According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, doctors found a a pars fracture in Freddy Galvis' lower back and he will be in a brace for the next three weeks. “Then we're going to reexamine him and see where we're at,” said the Phillies head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan. “Based on his symptoms...