Player News - Pirates

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Steven Brault gave up three runs -- two earned -- in four innings Monday in his start against the Cubs.

Brault kept the Pirates in the game, which is all the team really could have been hoping for when they called him up before the game. He might get more starts in September, but the Pirates do have alternatives, including Drew Hutchison and Tyler Glasnow.
Aug 30 - 1:27 AM

Josh Bell homered and walked twice before being removed in a double switch Monday against the Cubs.

If Clint Hurdle had it to do all over again, he surely would have left Bell in there. The rookie has been the team's best hitter since his recall 10 days ago, and the Pirates were playing short-handed on the bench tonight. It certainly wasn't worth taking Bell out when Hurdle made the move.
Aug 30 - 1:24 AM

Pirates recalled LHP Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Brault will start in place of Gerrit Cole (elbow) in a tough matchup against the Cubs on Monday. The southpaw has made a pair of starts with the Pirates this season and owns a 3.91 ERA over 15 starts and one relief appearance in Triple-A.
Aug 29 - 7:07 PM

Pirates placed RHP Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 25, with posterior inflammation in his right elbow.

The move clears a spot for Monday's starter, Steven Brault. An MRI has ruled out structural damage in Cole's elbow, but he was scheduled to get a second opinion in Los Angeles. There should be more clarity on his status in the next couple of days.
Aug 29 - 7:03 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Monday that Tyler Glasnow will make one start with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Glasnow struck out three and walked three over three scoreless innings in a minor league rehab appearance on Saturday and was officially activated and then optioned to Triple-A on Monday. He doesn't appear likely to rejoin the Pirates until next week. The young right-hander originally landed on the disabled list in July due to shoulder discomfort.
Aug 29 - 5:43 PM

Pirates activated RHP Tyler Glasnow from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Indianapolis.

This might be nothing more than a procedural move with major league rosters due to expand September 1. Glasnow walked three but struck out six over three scoreless innings last Monday with Double-A Altoona. It's not clear whether his next start will be in Indianapolis or with Pittsburgh. The talented 23-year-old been out since July 24 because of right shoulder discomfort.
Aug 29 - 9:19 AM

Tony Watson notched his 10th save Sunday in the Pirates' 3-1 defeat of the Brewers.

That concluded a big four-game sweep for the Bucs, who are very much alive in the National League Wild Card race despite selling off veteran closer Mark Melancon (and starter Francisco Liriano) at the August 1 trade deadline. Watson has converted 10 straight saves this month since Melancon's departure. The lefty has a 2.57 ERA for the year.
Aug 28 - 4:56 PM

Ivan Nova was forced to leave Sunday's start against the Brewers due to left hamstring discomfort.

Prior to departing, the right-hander pitched brilliantly, allowing only one run on three hits over six strong innings. He's currently being evaluated and treated by the Pirates medical staff. Expect an update on his status shortly.
Aug 28 - 4:44 PM

Pirates recalled RHP A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Schugel will provide a fresh relief arm for the Bucs. He's put up a 3.86 ERA and 43/13 K/BB ratio over 49 relief innings with the big club this season.
Aug 28 - 12:54 PM

Pirates optioned INF/OF Adam Frazier to Rookie-level Bristol.

Bristol's season ends on Thursday, so Frazier will be eligible to return Friday. A.J. Schugel has replaced him on the roster.
Aug 28 - 12:53 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Gerrit Cole's elbow injury could be a bone spur issue.

The good news is that an MRI didn't reveal any ligament damage, according to Biertempfel. Cole will receive a second opinion on his elbow from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Sunday. The righty has posted a 7.06 ERA over his last four starts, so it's possible the elbow has been bothering him for a while. Steven Brault will fill in for Cole on Monday versus the Cubs. It's unclear at this point how much time Cole might miss, although more should be known after Sunday's exam.
Aug 28 - 10:11 AM

Josh Harrison filled up the box score in Saturday's 9-6 victory over the Brewers, going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI.

Harrison also swiped a pair of bases in the ballgame. He delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning that cut the Pirates deficit to 5-4. It has been an up-and-down season for the speedy infielder, who is now slashing .273/.301/.377 with four homers, 51 RBI and 18 stolen bases.
Aug 27 - 11:38 PM

Jameson Taillon struggled in a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday, giving up five runs on seven hits in just three frames.

Taillon walked two and struck out three on the night. Hernan Perez single-handedly did most of the damage against him, belting a three-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the third. Even with this brutal outing though, Taillon still sports a strong 3.39 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 77 innings in 13 starts with the Pirates this season. He'll look to get back on track when he squares off against these same Brewers at home on Friday.
Aug 27 - 11:35 PM

The Pirates will call up left-hander Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Monday against the Cubs.

He'll start in place of Gerrit Cole, who is getting his elbow checked out on Sunday. Brault has made two starts with the Pirates this season and owns a 3.91 ERA with 10.2 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 over 15 starts and one relief appearance in Triple-A. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues with this matchup.
Aug 27 - 10:56 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington confirmed that Gerrit Cole will get his elbow checked out.

Huntington also confirmed that Cole will miss "at least" one start, depending on how Sunday's exam turns out. Steven Brault will start in his place Monday against the Cubs.
Aug 27 - 10:53 PM


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