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Justin Masterson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/22/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 260
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Pirates signed RHP Justin Masterson to a minor league contract.
Another reclamation project for Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage. Masterson registered an ugly 5.61 ERA in 18 appearances last season for the Red Sox and he had a 5.88 ERA between the Cardinals and Indians in 2014. He'll head to Triple-A Indianapolis initially. Apr 14 - 3:27 PM

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According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, 15 teams are already confirmed to attend the showcase for Justin Masterson in Phoenix on Monday.

The veteran right-hander claims that he is now completely pain-free for the first time in years and he's anxious to get back on the mound. At this stage in the spring, he'll certainly have to settle for a minor league deal, but isn't a bad gamble for team's searching for rotation depth.
Mar 25 - 7:36 PM

Justin Masterson will hold a showcase for interested teams next Monday in Phoenix.

Masterson says he's pain-free for the first time in years and MLB Network's Jon Heyman calls him a "comeback candidate," but it will probably have to be on a minor league deal wherever he lands. The big veteran right-hander registered a 5.61 ERA in 18 appearances last season for the Red Sox. He had a 5.88 ERA with the Indians and Cardinals in 2014.
Mar 23 - 5:25 PM

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Justin Masterson will hold a showcase for 10-15 teams at the end of March.

He's in the seventh week of an eight-week throwing program. Masterson flamed out in Boston last year, recording an ugly 5.61 ERA over 18 appearances. The veteran right-hander is almost six months removed from shoulder surgery.
Mar 12 - 6:59 PM

Justin Masterson is still planning to hold a showcase for interested teams this month in Arizona, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

There hasn't been any news on Masterson since January, but he's nearing the end of an eight-week throwing program and apparently feeling pretty good. The veteran right-hander will likely have to settle for a minor league contract after posting a rough 5.61 ERA in 59 1/3 innings last season for the Red Sox. He needed arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in September.
Mar 9 - 6:09 PM

Justin Masterson may throw for teams in mid-March, per Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Cotillo reports that Masterson has drawn interest from "several teams," but he's just starting his throwing program this week and is apparently content with waiting out the process before signing with a team. The veteran right-hander posted an ugly 5.61 ERA over 59 1/3 innings with the Red Sox last season before undergoing undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder in September.
Jan 27 - 11:57 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that two teams have made offers to free agent right-hander Justin Masterson.

Meanwhile, Cotillo hears from his source that 10 teams have requested medicals. Masterson posted an ugly 5.61 ERA over 59 1/3 innings for the Red Sox last season before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in September, but he's not far removed from success and could have some appeal if he's feeling good. The Pirates were mentioned as a possible fit last month.
Jan 6 - 1:26 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that five teams are in on Justin Masterson.

The Pirates are one of them, which had been previously reported. Masterson held an ugly 5.61 over 59 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2015 and had arthroscopic right shoulder surgery in September. He could be a nice bounce-back candidate in the right spot, though, and Pittsburgh would certainly qualify.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 06:14:00 PM

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are interested in Justin Masterson.

Masterson is looking for a one-year deal in hopes of rebuilding his value, and there's wouldn't be a better landing spot than Pittsburgh, where he could work with pitching guru Ray Searage. Slated to turn 31 in March, Masterson held an ugly 5.61 over 59 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2015 and had arthroscopic right shoulder surgery in September. He's expected to be healthy for spring training.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Justin Masterson underwent successful arthroscopic right shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

He's expected to be fully healthy by the start of spring. The 30-year-old will be a free agent this winter after being released by the Red Sox in August, and he'll likely have to settle for an incentive-laden deal to re-establish value.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 09:19:00 PM

Red Sox released RHP Justin Masterson.

Masterson's signing is one of the reasons former general manager Ben Cherington was pushed out the door and the righty's release is technically new president Dave Dombrowski's first move. He should be able to latch on elsewhere now that he can be had on the cheap.
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 03:00:00 PM

Red Sox designated RHP Justin Masterson for assignment.

The 30-year-old right-hander allowed a solo home run in his inning of work on Sunday, bringing his ERA to 5.61 over 59 1/3 innings on the season. He could generate some interest on waivers from team's in desperate need of rotation depth.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 05:03:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Thursday that Justin Masterson will remain in the bullpen to begin the second half of the season.

Brian Johnson will take the place of the injured Clay Buchholz for the time being and will work on either Monday or Tuesday, with the other day's starter still to be determined. Masterson will continue to try to work through his troubles in long relief or mop up duty.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 09:41:00 PM

Justin Masterson will pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the first half.

The Red Sox don't need a fifth starter during the remaining week. With Masterson being used in relief, Wade Miley will move up to pitch Tuesday and Rick Porcello will take the ball Wednesday.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 11:36:00 AM

Justin Masterson unraveled in the fourth inning of Friday's loss to the Astros, allowing all five runs on his line before exiting with two outs in the frame.

Masterson was cruising through the first three innings, but the cruise hit a whirlpool in the fourth when Masterson allowed seven hits and five runs in the frame. There was no huge hit, just a parade of singles and doubles. With the debacle, Masterson saw his ERA jump from an already poor 5.58 to an even more questionable 6.14. He's also pitching to a 1.68 WHIP. Given that he just reentered the rotation on June 28, it's likely he'll get at least one more start, but the numbers are discouraging. Said start would come in a high-profile environment, as the Red Sox will be facing the Yankees at Fenway when Masterson's next slated to take the ball.
Fri, Jul 3, 2015 11:51:00 PM

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