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Jordy Mercer will start at second base again today when the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Washington Nationals. Mercer, as many of you probably know by now, was called up Friday afternoon when Neil Walker was placed on the disabled list and hit what proved to be the game-winning home run in the fifth inning of the Pirates 3-1 win.
Jordy Mercer will start at second base for the Pirates on Saturday against the Nationals.
Mercer had been playing extremely well for Triple-A Indianapolis but almost exclusively as a shortstop. The common thought is that Mercer will be groomed as the club’s shortstop of the future, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that for the time being Mercer’s role will be as a utility infielder.
“Those kind of thoughts and conversations would always be held internally and wouldn’t be shared until an appropriate time. Right now wouldn’t be an appropriate time,” Hurdle said. “He played a lot of second base in spring training and he played some third base in spring training. That was kind of the opportunity we gave him in camp to break with us as a spin utility guy. We have obviously a lot of good thoughts about Jordy and his opportunity to play shortstop in the future as we still do for Chase d’Arnaud as well.”
Stephen Strasburg will start on the mound for Washington today, and in case you’ve been living under a rock or in a coma the last few years you already know he is pretty good at throwing a baseball.
This season, however, has gotten off to a rocky start for the former No. 1 overall pick. Strasburg enters Saturday’s game with a 1-4 record and experienced some discomfort in his pitching arm during his last start (Monday against Atlanta) but was given the green light to go ahead with his next start after a Wednesday bullpen session.
The won-loss record is deceiving however, as the Nationals have given Strasburg next to nothing in terms of run support so far in 2013. Hurdle said the Washington ace has one of the special arms in baseball and threw out some pretty good names when comparing him to other pitchers he has seen develop.
“I’ve seen him once live and that was last year,” Hurdle said. “It’s a special arm and I try to at least pay attention to the person with the arm. He seems to have found his way and seems to know what he’s doing. He’s very athletic not just pitching but on the field, swinging the bat. Time will tell but it’s as good a young arm as we seen, for me, I saw Felix (Hernandez) kind of develop in Seattle in 2010. I was a part of watching (Dwight) Gooden’s development in the dugout back with the Mets.”
Washington Nationals (15-15, 2nd place National League East)
1. Espinosa 2b
2. Desmond ss
3. Harder lf
4. Zimmerman 3b
5. LaRoche 1b
6. Moore rf
7. Ramos c
8. Bernadina cf
9. Strasburg p
Pittsburgh Pirates (17-12, 2nd place National League Central)
1. Marte lf
2. Snider rf
3. McCutchen cf
4. Jones 1b
5. Martin c
6. Alvarez 3b
7. Mercer 2b
8. Barmes ss
9. Locke p
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Jordy Mercer could be joining the Pirates.
Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan reports that Jordy Mercer is likely joining the Pirates.
Hearing from sources that Jordy Mercer will likely be brought up from AAA… #Pirates @937thefan
— Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) May 3, 2013
No word on what the corresponding move would be. The two possibilities that come to mind would be Neil Walker...
Within about twenty minutes this afternoon, Charlie posted over at Bucs Dugout about how Jordy Mercer really deserves a shot with the Pirates this year, then 93.7's Dan Zangrilli tweeted this:
Hearing from sources that Jordy Mercer will likely be brought up from AAA... #Pirates @937thefan
— Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) May 3, 2013
Charlie's exactly right...
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle talks about Jordy Mercer’s big night in his return to Pittsburgh from Triple A Indianapolis and about A.J. Burnett’s nine-strikeout performance in the Pirates’ 3-1 win against the Washington Nationals.
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Mark Melancon got Bryce Harper to strike out swining to end the eighth inning on Friday. Photo by: David Hague
With Neil Walker officially being placed on the disabled list, the team had to call Jordy Mercer...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of right hand pitcher Jose Contreras and recalled infielder Jordy Mercer from Triple-A Indianapolis. To make room for them, the parent club decided to option right handed pitcher Jared Hughes to the same minor league affiliate. Expect Contreras to tackle some middle relief.
The post Pirates Purchase Jose Contreras, Recall Jordy...
Three videos today from the after the Nationals’ 5-4 win against the Pirates at PNC Park.
Clint Hurdle’s interview is broken up into two parts and I was even able to snag some of Stephen Strasburg’s clubhouse interview. I’ll have a recap of today’s game up this evening but for now enjoy the videos.
The Pirates made two roster swaps before Friday’s game, adding Jose Contreras and Jordy Mercer to the team. To make room, Neil Walker was moved to the DL and Jared Hughes was optioned to AAA.
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Jordy Mercer has finally made his way to Pittsburgh. No telling if he will play or not but he’s here. He is taking the place of Neil Walker who the Pirates didn’t put on the DL after CUTTING HIS HAND TO THE BONE. This move is retroactive to 4/27. That means the Pirates played with…
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Barrett Barnes has been placed on the DL.
Catching up on some minor league moves:
**The West Virginia Power have placed Barrett Barnes on the 7-day disabled list. As Tom Bragg reported on Wednesday, Barnes had a hamstring injury. The DL placement was retroactive May 2nd.
**After Jordy Mercer was promoted to the majors, Jeff Larish was added to the Indianapolis roster.
Stephen Strasburg struck out eight in seven innings and the Washington Nationals won a game he started for the first time since Opening Day by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Saturday.
Tyler Moore hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning off Tony Watson (1-1) Wilson Ramos' RBI single in the sixth tied the game at 4 after Pittsburgh built a two-run lead...
There are few television shows that have memorable openings and the Pittsburgh Pirates recently decided to use one as inspiration for their video scoreboard starting line-up.
Watch as the Pirates re-do the "Saturday Night Live" open and it appears that manager Clint Hurdle might be the most well-dressed man in Pittsburgh:
There is no reason why Mark Melancon should be handcuffed to the eighth inning. Photo by: David Hague
After today’s game, Clint Hurdle announced that he would only be using Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon when the team is ahead. Hurdle didn’t use either reliever in the ninth inning, instead turning to Tony Watson for a second inning in a game that was tied 4-4. Watson gave up...
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