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  • Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer likely make final PNC Park appearance as Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With only one week left on his contract, shortstop Jordy Mercer called Sunday’s get-together with the Milwaukee Brewers — the last one at PNC Park for the noncontending Pittsburgh Pirates — just “another game.” Second baseman Josh Harrison said he..." September 24

  • Joe Musgrove shut down with ab discomfort

    Hardball Talk "Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest..." September 23

  • Chad Kuhl undergoes elbow surgery

    Yardbarker "Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl underwent surgery on his right elbow earlier today, team director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk announced to reporters (via MLB.com’s Adam Berry). The team hasn’t provided further details just yet, so it’s not clear whether the operation..." September 19

  • Virtually nobody at PNC Park for Royals-Pirates game

    Sportsnaut "Those attending Monday’s game between the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park will have plenty of room to stretch out. As the game was starting, the outfield seats were almost completely devoid of people. " September 17

  • Pirates pitching coach to undergo cervical neck surgery

    Yardbarker "The Pirates announced today that pitching coach Ray Searage will undergo cervical neck surgery this week (Twitter links via Adam Berry of MLB.com). He’s expected to resume his coaching duties once he’s sufficiently recovered, but he’ll cede those responsibilities to..." September 16

  • Chad Kuhl to have elbow, forearm examined again

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a rough year for Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl, who will seek another opinion on his right elbow/forearm after experiencing further setbacks during his rehab of a right forearm strain. Multiple reports from Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and MLB.com’s Adam..." September 15

  • Gregory Polanco's rehab could shape the Pirates' offseason

    CBS Sports "Although the 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates are still mathematically alive, they will soon be eliminated from postseason contention and shift their focus to 2019. And the 2019 Pirates have already suffered a significant loss. Friday afternoon the Pirates announced outfielder Gregory Polanco..." September 15

  • Gregory Polanco expected to miss 7-9 months

    Hardball Talk "The other day it was reported that Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco would undergo shoulder surgery to destabilize his dislocated left shoulder. It turns out that there was more to it than that. He had a torn labrum as well, and it was repaired during his..." September 14

  • MLB Must End Teams Purposely Keeping Out Baseball's Biggest Phenoms

    Bleacher Report "One of Major League Baseball's latest controversies calls to mind a bit from the 2009 Star Trek, in which Dr. McCoy offers words of wisdom to Mr. Spock. "You know, back home we have a saying: 'If you're gonna ride in the Kentucky Derby, you don't leave your..." September 14

  • Gregory Polanco Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced today that outfielder Gregory Polanco is undergoing left shoulder surgery. He suffered a dislocation upon sliding into second base this past Friday, and a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York confirmed that diagnosis while..." September 12

  • MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

    Hardball Talk "For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series,..." September 10

  • Marlins-Pirates rescheduled due to rain; set for day after season ends

    MLB.com "With the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon rolling through southwestern Pennsylvania on Sunday, the Pirates postponed their scheduled 1:35 p.m. ET series finale against the Marlins at PNC Park. The Pirates made the announcement around 9:20 a.m. ET, well before game time, as the..." September 09

  • Gregory Polanco To Miss Rest Of Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco suffered left knee and left shoulder injuries Friday that will force him to miss the rest of the season, the team announced. Polanco incurred “a significant bone bruise in his left knee,” one that will require six to eight weeks of rehab. The..." September 08

  • Pirates hope Jung Ho Kang and Chad Kuhl can play in game setting soon

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates hope Jung Ho Kang and Chad Kuhl can play in a competitive environment before the end of the season so the club can evaluate how they have recovered from their injuries. Kang had surgery to debride cartilage in his left wrist Aug. 3. After Class AAA..." September 06

  • Pirates Promote Kevin Kramer, Designate Buddy Boshers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced several September call-ups today, designating lefty Buddy Boshers to create roster space. Pittsburgh selected the contract of well-regarded middle-infield prospect Kevin Kramer along with that of journeyman catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Also heading up to the majors..." September 04

  • Yankees land Adeiny Hechavarria in last-minute trade with Pittsburgh Pirates

    North Jersey "At the 11th hour, the Yankees made one last move - acquiring shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Announced after the midnight deadline to secure players that would be eligible for postseason, the Yanks sent a player to be named later or cash..." September 01

  • Pirates deal David Freese to Dodgers for minor leaguer

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired minor league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for infielder David Freese. “We made the difficult decision to trade David to give him an opportunity to pursue a World Series championship this season,”..." September 01

  • Backlash rightfully growing over service time manipulation by MLB teams

    CBS Sports "The subject of service time manipulation is one we've been talking about for years. The biggest case in recent memory was Kris Bryant with the Cubs in 2015. Remember? Bryant was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the 2015 season, despite all the evidence in the..." August 30

  • Pirates Designate Sean Rodriguez For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have designated infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez for assignment, manager Clint Hurdle told reporters (Twitter link via MLB.com’s Adam Berry). His roster spot will go to shortstop Jordy Mercer, who has been activated from the disabled list. " August 29

  • 2018 Pirates have chance to be historically mediocre

    Sportsnaut "Through the first five months of the 2018 MLB season, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been decidedly mediocre. That’s generally not a desired label in sports. The good teams are competing for championships. The bad teams at least get the high draft picks. But where do the mediocre teams fall?..." August 28

  • Pirates' Josh Harrison Clears Waivers, Currently Has Injury

    Bleacher Report "As he deals with a minor hamstring injury, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison must wait to find out what's next. Jon Heyman of Fancred reported Tuesday that Harrison cleared waivers. Any team interested needs to move quickly, though, as..." August 28

  • After long winter, slow starts, MLB's frozen-out free agents still mad: 'It was ridiculous'

    USA Today "Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are well-paid Major League Baseball players, a group that prides itself on accountability and generally loathes excuse-making. Yet the two right-handed starting pitchers also are unwilling members of a fraternity formed last winter, when baseball’s free..." August 28

  • MLB power shift has managers' salaries in free fall

    USA Today "Joe Maddon helped lead the Chicago Cubs to the Holy Grail of sports, with a consistent level of success they haven’t seen in a century, but there are whispers his job could be in jeopardy if they don’t play deep into October.  Houston..." August 27

  • Analysis: Trevor Williams is due for regression, but there's reason for optimism, too

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Even a cursory look at Trevor Williams’ statistical profile will give you a headache.  His first-half/second-half splits go from mess to ace. His standard stats are way out of line with his peripherals. His production has improved as his strikeout rate has plummeted from..." August 24

  • How the Blue Jays acquired Jose Bautista for Robinzon Diaz 10 years ago

    Sportsnet "If you spent enough time at McKechnie Field 10 springs ago, you would have gotten to know a pretty bad Pittsburgh Pirates team. Okay, they had Jason Bay in left field, Jack Wilson at shortstop and Matt Capps closing out games, so they weren’t completely helpless, but still, the fans who..." August 21

  • Chris Archer exits Monday’s start after four innings due to leg discomfort

    Hardball Talk "Pirates starter Chris Archer pitched only four innings on Monday against the Braves due to leg discomfort, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Archer’s removal from the game was precautionary. He yielded one run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts on 76..." August 20

  • Rangers, Pirates Complete Keone Kela Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers will acquire prospect Sherten Apostel from the Pirates, as first reported by John Dreker of PiratesProspects.com (via Twitter) and as has since been announced. Apostel was chosen as the player to be named later in the deadline-day swap that sent reliever Keone Kela to the..." August 17

  • Chad Kuhl on schedule to rejoin Pirates in September

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitcher Chad Kuhl, out since late June with a forearm/elbow strain, could be pitching in Pirates uniform in September. That’s the plan right now, according to Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk, who talked with the media prior to Pittsburgh’s game against the..." August 17

  • Why Mookie Betts deserves the AL MVP amidst a crowded field packed with deserving

    CBS Sports "We here at CBS Sports have spent the week analyzing all of baseball's award races. Today, we'll conclude our series by dissecting the American League Most Valuable Player Award. As you probably know, there a a lot of capable candidates. Let's get to it. Mookie..." August 17

  • Pirates Promote Kevin Newman, Place Jordy Mercer On DL, Designate Casey Sadler

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced a series of roster moves Thursday, most notably placing shortstop Jordy Mercer on the 10-day disabled list due to a calf strain and selecting the contract of shortstop prospect Kevin Newman in his place. To open 40-man roster space, Pittsburgh designated right-hander Casey..." August 16

  • Shane Baz to Rays to complete Archer trade

    MLB.com "Right-hander Shane Baz, the No. 12 pick in the 2017 Draft, is the player to be named going from the Pirates to the Rays to complete last month's trade of Chris Archer to Pittsburgh, according to reports by MLB.com's Mark Feinsand and MLB Network insider Jon..." August 14

  • Marlins Acquire Chris Bostick

    CBS Sports "The Marlins acquired Bostick from the Pirates for cash Sunday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Bostick was designated for assignment Tuesday by the Pirates just after an uneventful stint in the majors. " August 12

  • Suddenly, the Pirates' near future looks a lot brighter

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "I liked the Pirates’ acquisitions of Chris Archer and Keone Kela at the trade deadline — who didn’t? — but those weren’t the most significant developments of the past few months. The biggest development was seeing the club’s young core..." August 09

  • Chris Archer nearly missed start because of suspected food poisoning

    Larry Brown Sports "Chris Archer on Wednesday won his first game as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but that almost didn’t happen. Archer had been ill the previous few days, and as of Tuesday, the Pirates were unsure if he would be able to make his scheduled start. According to the Pittsburgh..." August 09

  • Pirates Claim Buddy Boshers, Designate Chris Bostick

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have claimed lefty reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Astros. Paul Braverman (Communications Personnnel for the Fresno Grizzlies) originally announced the move, and the Astros have since confirmed. Boshers, who has exactly 100 major league..." August 07

  • Rays ship Adeiny Hechavarria to Pirates

    CBS Sports "Hechavarria was sent to Pittsburgh on Monday along with cash considerations in exchange for minor-league pitcher Matt Seelinger. The 29-year-old hit a modest .258/.289/.332 in 61 games for the Rays this season. He was designated for assignment and cleared waivers prior to the trade..." August 06

  • As Pirates gear up for playoffs, Andrew McCutchen wonders why this season is different

    USA Today "San Francisco Giants right fielder Andrew McCutchen sat watching the moves, his mouth agape, trying to comprehend what was happening in his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh.  Where was this aggressive behavior during those dozen years..." August 06

  • Jung Ho Kang’s 2018 comeback ends with wrist surgery

    Hardball Talk "Jung Ho Kang had been cleared to come back to the United States, is apparently sober and in shape and was poised to come back and help the Pirates in any way he could down the stretch. Now that’s all over, as a report from Naver Sports in Korea says that Kang will undergo season-ending..." August 03

  • Pirates Moving Closer Deal For Chris Archer

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rays righty Chris Archer has seemingly been in trade rumors for years; is this the day he finally gets dealt?  Here’s the latest… The Pirates are moving closer to a deal for Archer, tweets Jon Heyman of Fancred. An Archer trade is becoming “very, very..." July 31

  • Rays deal Chris Archer to Pittsburgh Pirates for Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow

    USA Today "Chris Archer, the two-time All-Star with a team-friendly contract that made him the jewel of baseball's pitching trade market, was finally dealt from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Pittsburgh Pirates, less than a half hour before Major League Baseball's non-waivers trade..." July 31

  • Pirates give bullpen big boost, trade for Rangers closer Keone Kela

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates added a big piece to their bullpen early Tuesday morning by acquiring Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela for two players to be named. Kela, a 25-year-old right-hander, has converted 24 of 25 saves this season. He has a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 38 games, striking out 44 in 36..." July 31

  • Pirates Have Expressed Interest In Chris Archer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have emerged as a somewhat surprising entrant into the market for Rays right-hander Chris Archer, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (via Twitter). Fancred’s Jon Heyman hears the same (Twitter link), adding that his sense is that Pittsburgh’s interest in Orioles..." July 30

  • Orioles look unwilling to trade out Gausman to Pirates

    Yardbarker "With Brad Brach now on his way to Atlanta and Adam Jones seemingly unwilling to waive his 10-and-5 rights at present, the Orioles may now turn to weighing offers on rotation pieces like Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, tweets Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic. Biertempfel suggests that the Pirates..." July 30

  • Starling Marte leaves Pirates-Indians game with injured hand

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates outfielder Starling Marte left Wednesday’s game against the Indians with what was described as discomfort in his left hand, the result of being hit by a 95 mph Trevor Bauer fastball in the first inning. Marte, according to the team, was examined by the Pirates’..." July 25

  • Pirates Showing Interest In Keone Kela

    MLB Trade Rumors "As they look to extend an excellent pre-deadline run of success, the Pirates may now be looking into making some roster improvements. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Bucs have “legitimate interest” in Rangers closer Keone Kela. Whether or..." July 25

  • Neal Huntington 'absolutely open' to improving Pirates as deadline nears

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates’ nine-game winning streak – by far, the longest current run of consecutive victories in the majors — has Pirates fans and general manager Neal Huntington thinking about giving the team some help before the July 31 trading deadline. In fact, Huntington had those..." July 23

  • Pirates Designate Josh Smoker, Select Casey Sadler

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates announced today that they have designated lefty Josh Smoker for assignment. Additionally, infielder Max Moroff was optioned. Both of those moves make way for Casey Sadler to join the active roster after his contract was selected. " July 23

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB Expansion, Lists Six Potential Cities

    Deadspin "Commissioner Rob Manfred’s all-star break wasn’t only spent sandbagging his sport’s best player. He also took some time to throw his support behind expanding MLB to two more cities. “I hope I’m around long enough to see us expand,” Manfred told..." July 19

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby

    Covers.com "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • Pirates option Austin Meadows to Class AAA Indianapolis

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The signs were there for about a week. Then, the Pirates pulled the plug. The team on Sunday optioned outfielder Austin Meadows to Class AAA Indianapolis. To take Meadows’ spot on the roster, they recalled right-hander Tanner Anderson for his second big-league..." July 15