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Edinson Volquez gave up a grand slam and allowed five runs total over five innings in Wednesday's Wild Card Game loss to the Giants.

Volquez got by in the first three innings before two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning. An ill-placed pitch to Brandon Crawford changed that. Volquez was charged with another run in the sixth inning, giving up five hits and three walks on the evening. It was a disappointing end to a great season for Volquez, who revived his career to go 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA during the regular season. His strong year certainly earned him a few more million dollars on the free agent market this winter.
Oct 1 - 11:21 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Pedro Alvarez (foot) could soon begin baseball activities.

Hurdle's statement suggests Alvarez' meeting with a doctor Tuesday to receive clearance for the foot went well. Still, Hurdle didn't specify how soon or what Alvarez would be cleared to do, and he said he still hadn't talked with Alvarez or the team's training staff about a plan of action. A return still appears to be a ways away at this point.
Oct 1 - 6:06 PM

Russell Martin (groin) is in the Pirates' starting lineup for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.

Martin missed the Pirates' final two regular season game after aggravating a lingering groin injury, but he's not going to miss Wednesday's do-or-die contest. The full lineup: Josh Harrison 3B, Jordy Mercer SS, Andrew McCutchen CF, Martin C, Starling Marte LF, Neil Walker 2B, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Travis Snider RF, Edinson Volquez SP.
Oct 1 - 3:24 PM

Vance Worley is on the Pirates' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.

Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole are not on the roster, so Worley and Jeff Locke will serve as Edinson Volquez insurance out of the bullpen. With Russell Martin nursing a hamstring injury, the Pirates will carry three catchers, will Chris Stewart and Tony Sanchez also on the roster. The Pirates will reset if they make it through to the NLDS.
Oct 1 - 11:51 AM

Russell Martin revealed Tuesday that the ailment he's dealing with is actually an aggravation of a groin injury from earlier this season.

The Pirates have been referring to it as a strained left hamstring and also said the month he missed earlier this season was due to the hamstring, but Martin says it's a strained left adductor magnus. He originally suffered the groin strain more than eight months ago while helping a friend run a youth baseball camp. He's not 100 percent, but the ailment isn't going to keep him out of Wednesday's Wild Card Game. "I'm not the only guy who'll be on the field who's banged up," Martin said. "Those two days off helped. I should feel pretty good."
Sep 30 - 8:57 PM

Russell Martin (hamstring) expects to start in Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants.

Martin left Friday's game after aggravating a left hamstring injury and sat out the rest of the weekend, but it's not going to stop him from playing in Wednesday's do-or-die affair. Still, the Pirates plan to carry three catchers for the game just in case.
Sep 30 - 3:21 PM

The Pirates confirmed Monday that Edinson Volquez will start Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

He'll be facing off against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in what should be a raucous environment at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Volquez was one of the worst starters in the majors last season, but he bounced back with a 3.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 192 2/3 innings this year. The team that wins on Wednesday night will advance to a Division Series matchup against the Nationals.
Sep 29 - 11:16 AM

Gerrit Cole struck out 12 while tossing seven innings of one-run ball but had to settle for a no-decision in a loss to the Reds.

At 102 pitches, Cole probably had another inning in him, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, not surprisingly, decided to pinch-hit for him to lead off the top of the eighth. Cole made a couple trips to the disabled list this season but finished strong with a 2.14 ERA and 27/2 K/BB ratio over his final 21 innings.
Sep 28 - 5:05 PM

Chris Stewart is listed as day-to-day after X-rays on his hand came back negative on Sunday.

Stewart was forced to leave Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch. He appears to have avoided any significant injury, which is good news heading into the postseason.
Sep 28 - 4:58 PM

Neil Walker singled and launched a solo homer in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

Walker was one of the few that didn't have trouble squaring up Johnny Cueto. His longball in the fourth inning was a deep blast to right field and knotted things up at the time before the Reds eventually prevailed late. Walker's season concludes with a .271/.342/.467 batting line and a career-high 23 homers.
Sep 28 - 4:57 PM

Chris Stewart left Sunday's game against the Reds with a left hand/wrist injury.

Johnny Cueto caught Stewart with his backswing in the bottom of the eighth. With Russell Martin (hamstring) banged up, it's a notable injury for the Pirates.
Sep 28 - 3:42 PM

Ike Davis was removed from Sunday's game against the Reds due to the flu.

Davis has been battling illness all weekend. He was replaced by Gaby Sanchez, who will continue to hold down first base as long as Davis is sidelined.
Sep 28 - 2:35 PM

Russell Martin (hamstring) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

The Pirates took a long time to release their lineup, presumably so that Martin could test out his ailing left hamstring. Obviously, he must still be feeling pretty badly to sit out such a huge game. Chris Stewart is behind the plate for Sunday's regular season finale.
Sep 28 - 11:35 AM

Edinson Volquez will be the starter for the Pirates in a potential Wild Card game Wednesday.

It had been set up that way with Francisco Liriano pitch Saturday and Gerrit Cole getting the ball Sunday. The Pirates can still tie for the National League Central crown with a win Sunday coupled with a Cardinals loss. Jeff Locke or Vance Worley would start a potential tiebreaker game on Monday. Volquez struck out a season-high 10 batters in his last outing and holds a 2.20 second-half ERA.
Sep 28 - 10:42 AM

Gerrit Cole remains the Pirates' starter on Sunday.

There was some consideration given to holding him back for a potential Wild Card game on Wednesday. Manager Clint Hurdle even brought multiple starting options to some of the leaders on the team, but they were adamant in their opinion that Cole should get the ball Sunday with a National League Central crown still a possibility. The team will start either Jeff Locke or Vance Worley on Monday in a potential tiebreaker game and Edinson Volquez on Wednesday in the Wild Card game.


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