Player News - Pirates

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Juan Nicasio failed to make it out of the fifth inning Saturday, allowing four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers.

Nicasio surrendered two home runs among his seven hits allowed. It was the third time in four starts that he's allowed four earned runs, raising his ERA to 4.79 through nine outings. The good news is he's striking out a batter per inning, but the bad news is that he's also giving up a hit per inning. Nicasio will try to get back on the right track Thursday at the Marlins.
May 28 - 11:33 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Kyle Lobstein to Triple-A Indianapolis.

With Tony Watson returning from the paternity list, Lobstein returns to Triple-A. The 26-year-old southpaw has struggled at the big-league level this year, compiling a 4.79 ERA with a 14/10 K/BB in 20.2 innings.
May 28 - 5:49 PM

Pirates re-instated LHP Tony Watson from the paternity leave list.

Watson welcomed a new son, Theodore, to the world this week. The 30-year-old reliever has been one of the steadiest middle relievers in the game in recent years. He owns a 2.18 ERA in 20 appearances.
May 28 - 5:47 PM

Jung Ho Kang homered and drove home three runs on Friday as the Pirates routed the Rangers 9-1 in Texas.

Kang clobbered a three-run homer that capped off a five-run uprising in the fifth inning. It was one of four home runs that the Pirates would hit in the contest, with Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco each leaving the yard as well. Kang finished the night 2-for-5 and is now hitting .308/.367/.731 with six homers and 17 RBI in his first 60 plate appearances.
May 28 - 12:32 AM

Jon Niese picked up his fifth victory of the season on Friday, firing six innings of one-run ball against the Rangers in Arlington.

Niese walked one and struck out two in the stellar outing. The only blemish on his evening was a solo home run off the bat of Adrian Beltre in the sixth inning. He'll look to build on this strong outing when he brings a 4.42 ERA and 1.42 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Marlins in Miami.
May 28 - 12:29 AM

John Jaso is absent from the Pirates' lineup Friday.

He's getting a day off with the Rangers throwing lefty Cole Hamels. Sean Rodriguez is at first base.
May 27 - 4:32 PM

Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Diamondbacks 8-3 on Thursday.

It's Kang's first three-hit game since he came off the disabled list three weeks ago. He's been dealing with a little hand injury, which is why today's start was just his second in five days. He's hitting .298 with five homers and 15 RBI in 47 at-bats.
May 26 - 4:43 PM

Despite allowing just an unearned run over five innings and hitting a three-run homer, Gerrit Cole didn't factor into the decision in Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.

That's because A.J. Schugel gave up two runs in the sixth, tying the game at 3-3. Cole could have pitched that inning himself if he hadn't been so inefficient on the mound; he walked three and threw 105 pitches to get his 15 outs. He did have a great day at the plate, though. Not only did he collect his second big-league homer, but he doubled in his other at-bat.
May 26 - 4:41 PM

Francisco Cervelli is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday versus the Diamondbacks.

Cervelli is in the middle of an ugly offensive slump and was granted back-to-back days of mental and physical rest Tuesday and Wednesday. He will start behind the plate and bat sixth in his return to action Thursday afternoon against Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin. It's a 12:35 p.m. EDT start at PNC Park.
May 26 - 10:17 AM

Mark Melancon worked around a two-out double to throw a scoreless inning and record his 16th save in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Melancon made things interesting with a two-out double to Chris Owings, but he jammed Yasmany Tomas with two strikes and got him to lift a weak fly ball to right field for the final out of the evening. He has 16 saves and a 2.21 ERA in 20 1/3 innings. All is well in Pittsburgh.
May 25 - 11:03 PM

David Freese went 1-for-3 with a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning in Wednesday's 5-4 comeback win over the Diamondbacks.

Freese clobbered a hanging two-strike slider from Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth inning, ending the pitcher's night and giving the Pirates a lead they wouldn't relinquish. He has lost some playing time with the return of Jung Ho Kang; however, the 33-year-old is an ideal bench player for a contending club. He's now hitting .277/.365/.394 with 23 runs scored and 14 runs batted in.
May 25 - 11:00 PM

Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Polanco has been brilliant this year, and he was one of the main catalysts against Rubby De La Rosa on Wednesday. His RBI double in the fifth inning helped spearhead the Pirates' comeback effort. He's now hitting .317/.402/.557 with 18 doubles, two triples, six homers and seven stolen bases. The 24-year-old is becoming the all-around fantasy stud that many people hoped he'd be a year ago.
May 25 - 10:56 PM

Jeff Locke served up a pair of home runs in Wednesday’s outing against the Diamondbacks, ultimately getting tagged for four runs in 6 1/3 innings but earning his third win.

Locke was actually pretty good against the Diamondbacks, aside from a three-run second inning. He only needed 86 pitches to get into the seventh inning and walked just one. Of course, the lefty could only strike out one, so his fantasy performance ultimately rated negatively on the day. With a 5.08 ERA and only 32 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings, it will be interesting to see how long Locke can hold off Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow, who are tearing up Triple-A.
May 25 - 10:36 PM

Pirates athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said that the range of motion and strength in Elias Diaz's injured right elbow are getting "close to normal."

Diaz is progressing in his recovery from an early May debridement procedure on his throwing elbow, but he still has a ways to go. The 25-year-old backstop is expected to be out at least another month. He could return in late June or early July if he doesn't suffer a setback in rehab.
May 25 - 4:33 PM

Francisco Cervelli is out again Wednesday.

It's the second day off in a row for Cervelli, who's batting .193/.277/.211 in 16 games this month. He signed a three-year, $31 million contract extension with the Pirates on May 17. Chris Stewart will start at catcher and bat eighth versus the Diamondbacks.
May 25 - 3:15 PM


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