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So while the Pittsburgh media was going crazy trying to confirm that Charlie Morton would in fact need Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing elbow, the Pirates’ starter had somehow managed to make it all the way to Alabama under the radar to get the surgery yesterday. The Buccos sent out an email around 6 p.m. confirming the operation so it Dr. Andrews was probably cutting Chuck open as the media was just announcing that he MAY need surgery.
#Pirates RHP Charlie Morton tried to pitch through pain, but finally had Tommy John surgery today to repair torn … sulia.com/my_thoughts/b6…
— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) June 14, 2012
Chuck is now on the shelf for 12-18 months which means we probably won’t see him back on the PNC Park mound until 2014. Yea yea, pretty crappy. But if there was a Buccos pitcher that was going to rebound from Tommy John, you have to think it’s Chucky Mo. He pretty much transformed his entire game last year. worked all the kinks out and looked like a legit starting pitcher. And after coming back from hip surgery and trying to play through the arm pain, he’ll bust his ass to overcome this too.
There’s a pretty high comeback rate for Tommy John guys; Stephen Strasburg, Josh Johnson, Chris Carpenter and Tim Hudson are all pitching just fine after getting their arms rebuilt. So don’t forget about Chuck, he’ll be back and hopefully pick up where he left off…when he was healthy.
And just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Pirates’ pitchers after the ************** Lincoln and Kevin Correia put on display in Baltimore, it looks like Jeff Karstens will be back pretty soon, who should make for a nice addition now that Chuck’s surprise has the Buccos in need.
#Pirates : Jeff Karstens-P : He’s still at least 12 days away from return. bit.ly/M8CIgK
— Rotoinfo MLB (@Rotoinfo_MLB) June 14, 2012
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Moving On Up: #Pirates top prospect Gerrit Cole will be promoted to @AltoonaCurve & make his Double-A debut on Wednesday 6/20.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 15, 2012
Not much of surprise here, and honestly, it’s about time. Cole has been posting solid numbers in Bradenton all season, and the two college pitchers that were drafted immediately behind him are already...
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...
#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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If the Pirates wanted to win their sixth straight series for the first time since 1992, they needed to keep the offense going from Game 1 of the Baltimore series and lock down the pitching. They didn’t do either. The offense was back to scoring fewer than two runs for the 18th time this season and the pitching staff gave up at least 7 runs for a second straight night in the 7...
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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...
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 (32-30) 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...