CLINT HURDLE NEWS

Hurdle always thinking ahead when it comes to pitchers

  Managers are always supposed to be thinking ahead, but when it comes to his pitchers, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is doing more than thinking about couple batters or innings ahead. He's looking all the way toward a pitcher's next start. “We’re always cognizant of how many times they’ve pitched on five days rather than six,” Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. ...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates questionable coaching decisions

Manager Clint Hurdle and his coaching staff have done an exceptional job turning this franchise around over the past few seasons, but some of his decisions regarding the pitching staff can be baffling at times. One of those choices cost the Pirates their 7th consecutive win Friday night in San Diego. Every team monitors their starting pitchers pitch count, but it appears the Pirates...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' pitching prospect lost for the season

  Pirates prospect Nick Kingham had Tommy John surgery Wedesday and is lost for the season, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You feel bad for the kid, the young man,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “This is never the way we draw it up for young pitchers. However, it's such a reality of our game.” Kingham, the Pirates No. 6 ranked prospect according to MLB.com...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres begin four-game series against Pirates Thursday

Clint Hurdle seems to be considerably happier now that the Pittsburgh Pirates are winning consistently, and giving the ball to A.J. Burnett isn't likely to alter his mood. Burnett looks to continue his masterful final season and keep the Pirates rolling in the opener of their 10-game road trip Thursday night against the San Diego Padres. Pittsburgh (24-22) was four games under .500...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates-Padres Preview

Clint Hurdle seems to be considerably happier now that the Pittsburgh Pirates are winning consistently, and giving the ball to A.J. Burnett isn't likely to alter his mood. Burnett looks to continue his masterful final season and keep the Pirates rolling in the opener of their 10-game road trip Thursday night against the San Diego Padres. Pittsburgh (24-22) was four games under .500...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kang gives Pirates versatility, flexibility

Now that Kang has adjusted to life in the Major Leagues and proven himself a valuable commodity on the Pirates roster and in the lineup, the Bucs have an overload of talent in the infield. Kang is another asset that Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle can plug into the middle infield alongside Neil Walker and Jordy Mercer. Having three middle infielders and two spots may create problems...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Liz designated for assignment

In order to make room on the roster for Charlie Morton, the Pirates designated Radhames Liz for assignment over the weekend. The right-hander posted a 3.63 ERA over 17 1/3 innings for the Pirates and manager Clint Hurdle thinks another team will claim him. “In the state of the pitching industry the way it is now, I'd be surprised if we get to hold on to him," Hurdle told Pirates...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Morton ready to return

  Right-hander Charlie Morton is ready to rejoin the Pirates rotation and will do so Monday against the Marlins. Morton had offseason hip surgery and went on the Disabled List during spring training. He has not pitched yet this season. According to Pirates.com, manager Clint Hurdle watched video of Morton's Minor League rehab starts, but Monday's debut will obviously be a bit different...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates send fans on Josh Harrison bobblehead scavenger hunt

Earlier this year the Pirates sent fans on a hunt for Clint Hurdle garden gnomes. Well on Wednesday it was Josh Harrison's turn as the club sent fans on a scavenger hunt across the city to find Harrison bobbleheads.
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Francisco Cervelli passed concussion tests

  The Pirates received some good news on the injury front Wednesday when catcher Francisco Cervelli passed all of his concussion tests. "He couldn't be in the lineup if the tests didn't go well," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Pirates.com. "He felt good when he came in. They tested him again and they put him through a workout program as well, and he tested well." Cervelli left...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Morton's return is near

  Charlie Morton still has to make another rehab start, but barring a setback the right-hander will rejoin the Pirates rotation on the next homestand, according to Pirates.com. “We want to make sure Charlie is taken care of, that he's given every opportunity to be as sharp as he can be when he comes in,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Pirates.com. Morton hasn't pitch all...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurdle happy for former Pirates pitcher

Just because Wandy Rodriguez is no longer pitching in a Pittsburgh uniform, doesn't mean that Pirates manager Clint Hurdle isn't rooting for him. After spending parts of the past three seasons together, Wandy Rodriguez and the Pittsburgh Pirates parted ways prior to the 2015 season. The left-hander is now in Texas -- playing for former Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister -- and is...
Via Fox Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Hurdle hoping to use the bullpen less

  It's unrealistic to expect a starter to go seven or more innings every time out, but it's also unrealistic to expect the bullpen to pick up the load night after night. The Pirates have a talented bullpen, and manager Clint Hurdle knows they can get the job done, but he also knows he needs to give them some rest and on Tuesday he outlined some of his concerns to the Pittsburgh...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Pirates turn MLB’s first 4-5-4 triple play

Your browser does not support iframes. The Pittsburgh Pirates turned a triple play in the second inning Saturday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was Major League Baseball’s first 4-5-4 triple play. With Cardinals on second and third and none out, Pirates second baseman Neil Walker caught Yadier Molina’s rising liner within feet of the second-base bag, left vacant...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

More hardware for Pirates' Cole

Pirates' ace Gerrit Cole had an outstanding April and was awarded the National League Pitcher of the Month on Monday. “The fastball and the way he commands it makes him dynamic,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Pirates.com “He wants to be a master craftsman out on the mound, and that's what he has been.” Cole was 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA in April and, according to Pirates.com...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates send fans on Clint Hurdle gnome hunt for free tickets

During the Pittsburgh Pirates' gnome stand, the fans will be cheering for a gnome run each time a batter steps up to gnome plate. The club is holding a contest Monday through Wednesday this week -- find garden gnomes of manager Clint Hurdle at various spots around town and win tickets to a game. The Pirates use Twitter to let fans know the general location of the lucky gnome, and...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 23: Cardinals 2 Pirates 1

Before the game, I wrote this: Last year, the Pirates were 8-11 against the Cardinals. They lost six of those games by one run (two of those were walkoffs), and another one on a walkoff two-run home run. The Pirates lost the NL Central by two games last year. There are plenty of things that happen in a 162-game season to separate two teams out from each other, but when the 2014...
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May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Hurdle feels for Gibson as he battles disease

  Just like the rest of the baseball world, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was shocked to learn that Kirk Gibson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. “He's always been up for a challenge,” Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You never want to see anybody have to meet this challenge.” Hurdle went on to say that he planned to reach out to Gibson. Gibson, the former...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Hurdle: 'I'm not a fan of the DH'

When the St. Louis Cardinals placed Adam Wainwright on the Disabled List, social media took off. Wainwright, the Cardinals ace, was hurt while batting so almost instantly everyone started campaigning for the National League to join the American League and adopt the Designated Hitter. Well, almost everyone. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle didn't quite see things the same way as everyone...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Hurdle's trust in Melancon is rewarded

Pirates closer Mark Melancon had come under a lot of scrutiny lately not only because of the lack of results, but because his velocity was down as well. While everyone was ready to give up on Melancon, manager Clint Hurdle stuck with his closer and his patience is starting to be rewarded as Melancon notched saves both Thursday and Friday. “You've got to give those men some rope...
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April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Melancon will remain the closer, despite struggles

Mark Melancon has struggled in the ninth inning, but Clint Hurdle isn't ready to remove him from the closer's role quite yet. “For me it’d be an absolute overreaction, one blown save, to make a switch now,” Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Not only is Melancon struggling to get outs, but his velocity has been a topic of discussion recently. The closer hasn't been throwing...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Not going unbeaten at home

I’m fairly comfortable chalking this up as “one of those nights” for the Pirate offense, which was totally shut down by Tigers pitcher Shane Greene. I didn’t know much about Greene coming in, and a brief look at his profile shows a fairly promising young pitcher but nothing totally amazing. He’s off to an amazing start this year, though, and absolutely cruised through 8...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers-Pirates Preview

(AP) - Clint Hurdle can't wait to wake up in his own bed. The Pittsburgh Pirates manager has been away for nearly three months, leaving on Jan. 15 for the team's training facilities in Florida before starting a season of high expectations last week with a taxing six-game road trip through Cincinnati and Milwaukee. The familiar jitters will almost certainly pop up as Hurdle heads...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates ready to get 2015 home slate started

PITTSBURGH (AP) Clint Hurdle can't wait to wake up in his own bed. The Pittsburgh Pirates manager has been away for nearly three months, leaving on Jan. 15 for the team's training facilities in Florida before starting a season of high expectations last week with a taxing six-game road trip through Cincinnati and Milwaukee. The familiar jitters will almost certainly pop up when Hurdle...
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Blaming Hurdle for Opening Series Bullpen Failure is Misguided

The Pirates had a very rocky series with the Reds to open the 2015 season. Three games, three rain delays, three losses, and three times the bullpen failed. Hopefully bad things come in threes and this series will soon become a distant memory. The opening series disaster in Cincinnati culminated with manager Clint Hurdle being heaped with a fair amount of scorn for electing to use...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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