PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

'First-half Nova' emerges in loss to Brewers

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle noticed a different Ivan Nova on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, the version the team saw much of the first half of the season -- and the one they need for the stretch run.
Via Pirates.com
12 hours ago

Hamstring strain sends Polanco to DL; Diaz up

The Pirates placed outfielder Gregory Polanco on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Sunday) with a left hamstring strain and recalled catcher Elias Diaz from Triple-A Indianapolis, the club announced before Tuesday's game against the Brewers. Initially designated as day to day, Polanco will need a bit more time to heal.
Via Pirates.com
19 hours ago

Chad Bettis gets ovation in return to majors after cancer battle

Chad Bettis is back in the major leagues after a battle with cancer and was greeted warmly by those in attendance at Coors Field.Late last year, Bettis was diagnosed with testicular cancer. In March, doctors found the disease had spread and Bettis would need to undergo chemotherapy, which he did. Bettis finished his treatments in May and was back pitching in the minor leagues by...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2 Pirates make Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.
Via Pirates.com
1 day ago

Happ wins 3rd straight, Jays hit 3 HRs, beat Pirates 7-1

TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ pitched six innings to win his third straight start, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 Sunday. Justin Smoak and Darwin Barney added solo homers for the Blue Jays, who have won nine of 13 at home. Happ (6-8) allowed one run and four hits, walked three and struck out eight, improving to 3-0 with...
Via MyNorthwest.com
3 days ago

West Point grad Rowley wins ML debut, Jays beat Pirates 7-2

TORONTO (AP) — Chris Rowley pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Saturday. A former first lieutenant in the United States Army, and the first graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, to reach the majors, Rowley (1-0) missed all of the 2014 and 2015...
Via MyNorthwest.com
4 days ago

Andrew McCutchen leaves game due to knee pain

Andrew McCutchen was forced to leave Friday’s game against the Blue Jays early due to discomfort in his knee.During the third inning, McCutchen hit a double to give the Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead over Toronto. Not long after, he appeared to experience some discomfort in his left knee while leading off of second base. You can see McCutchen wincing below. McCutchen would limp off the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers Claim Jhan Marinez

The Rangers have claimed righty Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Pirates, per an announcement from Texas. Marinez had been designated for assignment over the weekend. Marinez, 28, already moved from the Brewers to the Bucs this year after a previous trip through DFA limbo. He has seen extensive action in the majors over the past two seasons after sporadic time earlier in his career...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
5 days ago

Jung Ho Kang may not return to Pirates next year

The Pirates are staring at the possibility of Jung Ho Kang not wearing their uniform ever again due to issues surrounding his work visa.Earlier this year, Kang entered a treatment program following an arrest for DUI in his native South Korea. It was his third such arrest since 2009.Kang has been unable to obtain a work visa and with the season heading towards the home stretch, it’s...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade Tony Watson

After putting serious thought into being sellers at the trade deadline, the Pittsburgh Pirates ultimately decided to stand pat for the most part. Their former closer, Tony Watson, was the only player traded from the big league roster. The Pirates traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two prospects, infielder Oneil Cruz and relief pitcher Angel German. It made the most sense to...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Man arrested for breaking into locker room, takes mugshot wearing stolen jersey

In case you didn’t notice, there are idiots among us. They exist in all walks of life. We see them every day on social media and in real life.Joshua Hanshaw, 35, of West Virginia is among these people.The man broke into the locker room of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Single-A team, the West Virginia Power, on Thursday morning. According to a local ABC affiliate, he was ultimately...
Via Sportsnaut
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Adjustments Andrew McCutchen Made

Andrew McCutchen has been feeling it for a little while now. (Photo: Keith Allison) Interviews are often meandering things that you have to corral in order to make sense of anything. Every once in a while, though, you get a player with a cadence that should remain unbroken and a subject that provides them with a runway — why stand in the way? I once did this with J.D. Martinez...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

The Pittsburgh Pirates come into play on Wednesday with 66/1 odds on becoming World Series champions. Admittedly, that is still a rather far-fetched figure, one that still puts them behind 13 other teams in a playoff field that only qualifies 10 teams in whole.No matter the teams ahead of them, that number shows a glimmer of hope for a team that has spent much of the season with...
Via Yardbarker
20 days ago  |  Discuss

How Andrew McCutchen Broke Out of The Biggest Slump of His Career

May 23, 2017. After going 0-for-5 in a loss to the Atlanta Braves, Andrew McCutchen saw his batting average slide to .200. One sports writer claims he's hit "rock bottom" and says the 2013 NL MVP has been "the worst player in a Pirates uniform this season." You'd be hard-pressed to find a fan who disagrees with him. Sixty-four days later, McCutchen is a huge reason why Pittsburgh...
Via Stack
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariners minor leaguers take $683 Uber ride from Phoenix to Albuquerque

The Tacoma Rainiers took on the Albuquerque Isotopes on Monday in an otherwise unremarkable Triple-A baseball contest. The remarkable part took place before the game.Relief pitcher Mark Lowe, infielder D.J. Peterson, first baseman Dan Vogelbach, and pitcher Pat Light didn’t want to have to get up at 3 a.m. in order to take the team flight from Phoenix alongside the rest of...
Via The Comeback
28 days ago  |  Discuss

What Should The Pirates Do With A Rejuvenated Andrew McCutchen?

Ever since the Pirates drafted Andrew McCutchen in 2005, expectations were high for the star outfielder, who batted .709 with 16 home runs in his senior year at Fort Meade High School. After establishing himself as the face of the Pirates franchise, some thought he was on a path to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In the first few years of his young career, McCutchen transformed from a...
Via The Sports Quotient
29 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates fan angrily launches home run ball into Allegheny River

The Pirates and Cardinals are division rivals, so when the two teams meet, both fans and players really get into it.So when Jedd Gyorko crushed a two-run dinger in the first inning of Friday’s game, a Pirates fan in the stands who caught the ball wanted to show how he felt about it.And by that, we mean he took the ball and threw it into the Allegheny River in disgust. Nice throw.
Via The Sports Daily
July 14, 2017  |  Discuss

Should the Pittsburgh Pirates be sellers at the trade deadline?

Even while playing in a surprisingly weak NL Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates still find themselves seven games out of first place with a 42-47 record at the all-star break. A playoff berth this year was by no means a guarantee, however most around the league expected this Pirates team to be a bit more competitive than they have been. Between injuries and the suspension of star outfielder...
Via isportsweb.com
July 11, 2017  |  Discuss

Phillies score easy run after simple 3-base throwing error

It’s really easy to get distracted during a Major League Baseball game. And actually, there’s nothing wrong with it, so long as you’re a fan and not one of the people actually playing the game.Such was the hard lesson Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell was reminded of Thursday during the third inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.Phillies batter Andres...
Via The Comeback
July 06, 2017  |  Discuss

Marlins pitcher Jeff Locke had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

In 2013, Jeff Locke had a rock-solid 3.52 ERA for the Pittsburgh Pirates and was named to the All-Star Game. Since then, things haven’t gone as swimmingly for the left-hander.Locke saw his ERA rise to 3.91 in 2014, then 4.49 in 2015, and 5.44 in 2016. The Pirates designated Locke for assignment in November and he went on to sign a one-year deal with the Miami Marlins.Well, Locke...
Via The Comeback
July 03, 2017  |  Discuss

Weak division buoys middling Pittsburgh Pirates’ postseason hopes

The 2017 edition of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball has thus far elicited a collective yawn from Bucco Nation.  As the All-Star break draws near, the fourth-place Pirates remain stuck in a rut of mediocrity noteworthy only for its metronomic consistency:  4-6 over the last 10 outings, 10-10 over the last 20, and 13-17 over the last month.  Tick, tock.  Win, loss. A glance at the...
Via isportsweb.com
July 03, 2017  |  Discuss
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