Pirates doctors will examine Burnett Monday. " I don't expect it to go away and I don't expect it to get better," he said.
Cincinnati Enquirer "Bryan Price could have pulled Raisel Iglesias in the seventh inning and possibly preserved a win. Instead, he kept him in, gave him a chance to get out of a pickle of his own doing on his own, be the pitcher the Reds think he can be. Iglesias didn’t get it done, giving up a run-scoring single..." August 02
CBS Sports "Earlier this week, the Pirates placed right-hander A.J. Burnett on the 15-day DL with what the team called right elbow inflammation. He will undergo tests on Monday to determine the nature and severity of the injury. Burnett fully expects the worst. "It's either (the ulnar collateral ligament)..." August 02
BREAKING: 1B Josh Bell promoted from #AltoonaCurve to AAA Indianapolis, per Pirates source. Bucs' No. 2 prospect hit .307-5-60 for Curve.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Mark Melancon blows a save about once in a blue moon, and Starling Marte made two spectacular plays to ensure it didn’t happen Friday night. As a bright moon crested in the ninth inning above the Great American Ball Park scoreboard, which blinked a 5-4 Pirates lead against the Cincinnati Reds,..." August 01
ESPN 710 Seattle "The Mariners dealt starting pitcher J.A. Happ to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Triple-A pitcher and local product Adrian Sampson just before Friday afternoon's MLB trade deadline. The trade is the third in the last two days for Seattle, who also sent reliever Mark Lowe to Toronto for three..." August 01
michael morse went with cash to pirates for jose tabata
Cincinnati Enquirer "Earlier this month, A.J. Burnett was at Great American Ball Park as a member of the National League All-Star team, and David Holmberg was in Triple-A. On Thursday, Burnett looked like the minor-leaguer and Holmberg the All-Star. Holmberg pitched six strong innings, and combined with Brandon..." July 31
Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates have acquired Michael Morse from the Dodgers in exchange for Jose Tabata. Morse was DFA’d by the Dodgers after they got him in that big Braves-Marlins-Dodgers deal. He’s having a bad year –he’s hit only .214/.277/.314 in 173 plate appearances — but he can..." July 31
We have recalled LHP Bobby LaFromboise from Indy & RHP A.J. Burnett has been placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation. #Pirates
CBS Sports "The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to acquire relief pitcher Joakim Soria from the Tigers, confirms Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. As we know, every agreed upon trade is pending medicals. Once the Tigers went into sell mode, the most logical candidates to be moved were free-agents-to-be David..." July 31
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Minnesota Twins intentionally walked Andrew McCutchen in his first plate appearance with men in scoring position Wednesday, ensuring he advanced only one base. Then, he circled the bases each of his next two at-bats with men on base. McCutchen homered and drove in three runs, and the..." July 30
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates acquired right-hander Joe Blanton from the Kansas City Royals early this morning in exchange for cash considerations. Blanton, 34, was designated for assignment Tuesday when the Royals traded for Johnny Cueto. He is making $1 million this season. " July 30
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jung Ho Kang bailed out Tony Watson on Tuesday night. Watson, as reliable a relief pitcher as you can find, put forth a rare disastrous outing against the Minnesota Twins. He entered in the eighth inning with a four-run lead, recorded one out and left with the score tied. But Kang homered off..." July 29
Marte scratched because of gastritis, Pirates say.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Two of the most exciting times to pitch, Gerrit Cole told Tony Watson recently, are the first game of a series or the last game of a series. Set the tone early, or shut it down late. “Coming out and winning the first two, I was just ready to get back out there and close this thing out,” Cole..." July 27
#Pirates 3B Josh Harrison (thumb) is fielding grounders with glove on his left hand. Leyva hitting balls to him.
Washington Post "It has been some time since Washington Nationals Manager Matt Williams could fill out a lineup card with the names of his expected everyday players. He’s getting closer to doing just that, as for the first time in a month Anthony Rendon was back, hitting second and playing second base. Yunel..." July 26
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "A Gregory Polanco second-half breakout likely would be more valuable to the Pirates than anything they could acquire on the trade market before the deadline. The 13th sellout crowd of the season at PNC Park hopes Friday's 7-5 win against the Washington Nationals is evidence the 23-year-old..." July 25
Sources: #Pirates working on another trade. Believed to be for a reliever.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Extra-base hits make life a lot easier for an offense, and the Pirates took advantage of them Thursday night. The Pirates hit three home runs, Francisco Liriano struck out 11 batters and the Pirates won the first game of their series against the Washington Nationals, 7-3. After dropping five of..." July 24
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Jordy Mercer was half-asleep Monday night when he got a phone call from a number he didn’t recognize. “Hey, it’s Carlos Gomez,” said the voice on the other end. “I was like, ‘What? Really?’” Mercer said Thursday, speaking publicly for the first time since Gomez’s takeout slide Sunday led to..." July 24
MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates and Brewers have announced a trade that will send third baseman Aramis Ramirez to Pittsburgh in exchange for minor league right-hander Yhonathan Barrios and cash considerations. The Pirates are reportedly taking on $3MM of the $5.74MM that remains on Ramirez’s $14MM salary. The..." July 24
Pirates are acquiring aramis ramirez
Royals Review "Blah blah blah... Skip skip skip.... Edinson Volquez left pitches over the plate....went 7.2 innings and struck out eight guys anyway.... A walk, a double, and a sac fly allowed a Pirates run to score... Ah. Here we go. This is the item for which I was searching. Eric Hosmer, in the..." July 23
Bucs Dugout "The Pirates are making Pedro Alvarez very, very available on the trade market, Jeff Passan tweets. This isn't a surprise, since the Pirates have recently sat Alvarez even against righties, like Edinson Volquez yesterday and Taylor Jungmann last weekend. (They even could have used him as a DH..." July 23
Royals Review "In stark contrast to last night's affair, the Royals and Pirates engaged in what would normally be termed a pitchers' duel but probably cannot be due to the fact that Jason Vargas--Kansas City's starter for the tilt--recorded a total of four outs on 26 pitches before leaving the game with an..." July 22
Deadspin "VinePair charted the best beer prices from all 30 MLB teams. Unsurprisingly, Fenway Park bleeds their patrons dry when it comes to selling beers. Leeches. The first graph’s a bit useless, since there are varying sizes of the cheapest small beer available: As an example, the Phillies’ smallest..." July 22
#Pirates Liriano passed all physical tests and is good to go Thursday v Nats. He's on his way to airport to take early flight home to Pgh.
SB Nation "The trade deadline is in 10 days. There are no rumors. Why, did you hear any rumors? If you have a good Ken Rosenthal tweet, can you share it with me? I just sit in a dark room, favoriting and unfavoriting a tweet from the Ken Rosenthai imposter account, hoping it'll get me closer to the next real..." July 22
Hardball Talk "Pirates southpaw Francisco Liriano was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the Brewers just minutes before first pitch due to tightness in his neck. But it’s only a minor thing. Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Liriano made it through a side session..." July 22
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates came here to Kauffman Stadium Monday night in need of some good news, after having been swept by the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend and losing another starter, shortstop Jordy Mercer, to the disabled list. Travis Ishikawa brought the good news. Ishikawa, the hired hand..." July 21
#Pirates interested in Justin Upton, but they will prioritize an infielder if Jordy Mercer is out for extended period. Holding pattern now.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Led by yet another strong start by rookie Taylor Jungmann, the Milwaukee Brewers registered their first home series sweep in nearly a calendar year Sunday afternoon. Jungmann scattered five hits and three walks over seven innings and the Brewers did all their scoring in the seventh and eighth..." July 20
Hardball Talk "UPDATE: The Pirates placed Jordy Mercer on the 15-day disabled list with a lower leg contusion and MCL sprain. As expected, Brent Morel has been called up from Triple-A Indianapolis. 9:08 AM: Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was injured in yesterday’s loss to the Brewers when Carlos..." July 20
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates manager Clint Hurdle expressed confidence Sunday that Jung Ho Kang can handle shortstop if Jordy Mercer is out for any period of time. “His feet and his hands work very well, arm’s accurate,” Hurdle said. “The one thing we just have to monitor, and we will the second half of the season,..." July 20
Jordy Mercer is headed back to Pittsburgh to be examined by team doctor. Hurdle did not have/reveal initial diagnosis
Mercer clutching left knee after Carlos Gomez took him out with slide as he tried to break up double play ... about 20 feet in front of bag
Francisco Liriano has been scratched with neck tightness. Vance Worley will start for Pirates
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "There was a time earlier in the season when a three-run deficit in the early going would be an obstacle too great to overcome for the Milwaukee Brewers. Those were the bad old days. Over the past few weeks, the Brewers have been a different team, as the Pittsburgh Pirates can..." July 19
ESPN "Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer was carted off the field Sunday after a collision with the Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez, who was attempting to break up a double play. The players collided in the second inning when Mercer was in front of the second base bag, attempting to tag Gomez,..." July 19
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Manager Craig Counsell said Friday that his team's starting rotation was "in a good place" coming out of the all-star break. Mike Fiers continued that trend against the Pittsburgh Pirates, throwing seven strong innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-1 victory on a steamy night at Miller..." July 18
NESN "If you think the Major League Baseball season needs to be shortened, then you might get your wish soon. Or not. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB Players’ Association director Tony Clark spoke to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale before Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati and said the league..." July 16
MLB.com "July is a fun month for fans and a busy one for the game's decision-makers, who will be focused almost exclusively on the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Without a doubt, the rumor mill will circulate many players' names across the next couple of weeks. Of those who will be bandied about,..." July 16