PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Glasnow hopes to take 'pen lessons into rotation

Tyler Glasnow did his time in the bullpen. Now he's moving back into the Pirates' rotation. The Pirates' top prospect will start Sunday's series finale against the Nationals at PNC Park, replacing left-hander Steven Brault, in his first big league start since July 23. Pittsburgh hopes that Glasnow's brief stint as a reliever will serve him well as he returns to a starting role. Brault...
Via Pirates.com
37 minutes ago

Pittsburgh Pirates: Final nine games; postseason?

The Pittsburgh Pirates need a miracle, but it’s possible to still achieve a playoff berth. Pittsburgh is on the outside looking in and has nine games to prove that they still belong in the NL Wild Card race. Two games today and tomorrow against Washington will be vital. Pittsburgh needs to finish off the series with a sweep and remain alive in the race. Pittsburgh needs help from...
Via isportsweb.com
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nova, Pirates look to keep climbing back

As they get ready for an expected postseason run, the Nationals get another chance to secure their spot Saturday night in the second game of a three-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park.
Via Pirates.com
17 hours ago

Stallings' pinch single in 11th lifts Pirates over Nats 6-5

PITTSBURGH (AP) Rookie Jacob Stallings' pinch-hit single in the 11th inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates over Washington 6-5 on Friday night, preventing the Nationals from clinching a postseason berth. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out against Yusmiero Petit (3-5) when Francisco Cervelli doubled, Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked and Pedro Florimon walked. Sean...
Via Associated Press
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Polanco leaves game after crashing into fence

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates left fielder Gregory Polanco left Friday night's game after he crashed into the left-field fence while chasing a first-inning double by Washington's Bryce Harper. Polanco stayed down on the ground for a few minutes then was removed after being examined by team trainers. Adam Frazier moved from second base to replace Polanco, and Alen Hanson took over at...
Via Associated Press
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates activate Phil Coke, place A.J. Schugel on 60-day DL

It didn’t take long for the Pittsburgh Pirates to get left-hander Phil Coke activated after acquiring him from the New York Yankees on Wednesday. Prior to Friday night’s game against the Washington Nationals, the Pirates brought up Coke from Triple-A Indianapolis and placed right-hander A.J. Schugel on the 60-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. […] The post Pirates activate...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Pirates Aggressive In Extension Talks With Ivan Nova

The Pirates are “aggressively trying” to come to agreement with righty Ivan Nova on an extension that would keep him out of free agency, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Twitter links). We learned recently that Pittsburgh had opened dialogue with the 29-year-old. Things do not seem to be progressing quite as smoothly as the Bucs might have hoped...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Pirates Have Made Extension Offers To Ivan Nova

Ivan Nova has been a revelation in the Pirates’ rotation since being acquired for a pair of minor leaguers (Stephen Tarpley and Tito Polo), and Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pittsburgh is already working to prevent Nova from reaching the open market. The Pirates have made a pair of extension offers to Nova, according to Brink, but Nova’s representatives...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Marte leaves 1st start since returning from back discomfort

MILWAUKEE (AP) Starling Marte left with an apparent injury during his first start since returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates following a 16-game absence caused by lower back discomfort. Marte immediately grabbed his lower back after fouling off a pitch from Brewers starter Chase Anderson in the third inning Thursday night. Manager Clint Hurdle and trainer Todd Tomczyk stood with...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Resurgent McCutchen could be playing his way out of Pittsburgh

The question has been being asked for months now: Is Andrew McCutchen having a sub-par season or has he entered the decline phase of his career? The Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder is hitting .255 with 24 home runs, 76 RBIs and a .769 OPS in 142 games. While certainly not an awful season, it is […] The post Resurgent McCutchen could be playing his way out of Pittsburgh appeared...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Do the Pirates need to rethink their pitching philosophy? (And our a podcast … a good one)

MILWAUKEE –  The most important boundaries in baseball are not clearly defined. The strike zone is an imagined space suspended above a 17-wide plate. Its four sides are cannot be outlined in chalk. The zone is determined by the subjective eye of a human being. It is constantly evolving. (Though QuesTec and PITCHf/x ere designed in part to create a more standard zone … and it...
Via Bucco Blog
3 days ago

Gerrit Cole shut down for season by Pirates

Cole World has now indeed become The Sideline Story. Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington announced on Tuesday that the team is shutting down right-hander Gerrit Cole for the remainder of the season, per Adam Berry of MLB.com. Pirates are shutting down Gerrit Cole for the rest of the season, GM Neal Huntington says. — Adam Berry (@adamdberry) September 13, 2016...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates are walking a plank of their own making

It's more than safe to say that 2016 has not played out to plan for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Coming into the year, they were billed as part of a three-headed National League Central monster along with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. But now in mid-September, they're already eliminated from contention in the NL Central and have drifted to a distant six games out of the wild...
Via Yardbarker
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Williams gives his dad the game ball after first MLB win

Trevor Williams pitched two scoreless innings in relief in his MLB debut Wednesday as his Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3, but his biggest highlight may have come after the win. With his impressive debut, Williams received the game ball after the Pirates got a rare win against the Cardinals. But instead of holding onto the ball as a keepsake, Williams went...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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