Player News - Pirates

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Joe Musgrove (shoulder) will throw a 20-25 pitch bullpen session Sunday.

He won't throw any breaking balls, but it's nonetheless a nice step after Musgrove was shut down for a week due to discomfort in his pitching shoulder. The right-hander spent time on the disabled list last season with a shoulder issue, so hopefully he bounces back well from Sunday's bullpen session.
Feb 25 - 8:16 AM

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 and cracked a solo home run in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

He went yard off prospect Dillon Tate in the fifth inning. Polanco is coming off a sub-par season in which he batted just .251/.305/.391 with 11 homers, 35 RBI and eight stolen bases in 108 games. He spent three stints on the disabled list with hamstring injuries. Now fully healthy, he should be primed for a nice bounce-back season.
Feb 24 - 5:29 PM

Nick Kingham tossed two scoreless innings in his start against the Yankees on Saturday.

He gave up a pair of hits -- both singles -- and recorded two strikeouts without isssuing a walk. The 26-year-old has yet to reach the major leagues, but held his own at Triple-A last year, notching a 9-6 record with a 4.13 ERA in 113 1/3 innings. He missed most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to Tommy John surgery. He has a chance to make the Pirates opening day rotation but is more likely to begin the season back at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Feb 24 - 5:19 PM

Pirates signed LHP Kevin Siegrist to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Once considered one of the top left-handed setup men in the league, the 28-year-old hurler struggled to a 4.81 ERA in 39 1/3 innings during the 2017 campaign. He makes for a terrific low-risk signing for the Pirates as he has the potential to provide a major boost in the bullpen.
Feb 24 - 8:11 AM

Austin Meadows went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and a walk against the Rays on Friday.

The Pirates might have liked to have transitioned directly from Andrew McCutchen to Meadows in their outfield, but that won't happen after Meadows disappointed with a .250/.311/.359 line in 72 games in Triple-A last year. He's also missed time with injuries the last two years. Still, Meadows is just 22 (23 in May) and he was very good in Double-A in 2016. He might hit his way to the majors in the second half of the season.
Feb 23 - 4:52 PM

Pirates acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Rays for RHP Daniel Hudson, INF Tristan Gray, and cash considerations.

Dickerson was designated for assignment by the Rays last weekend despite posting a decent .282/.325/.490 batting line with 27 home runs in 150 games last season. The 28-year-old will become the new starting left fielder in Pittsburgh, though he figures to get days off against left-handed opponents. Dickerson holds an .866 career OPS against righties and a .706 career OPS versus southpaws.
Feb 22 - 1:23 PM

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's hopeful Daniel Nava (back) can return "fully and quickly" to spring training workouts.

Nava has been limited to rehab work at Pirates camp throughout this week due to a back injury that also plagued him for much of the 2017 season. Huntington noted to reporters that the club's recent signing of outfielder Michael Saunders was part of a "Plan B" in case Nava isn't ready to go come Opening Day. One of the two could see semi-regular action in left field to begin the 2018 regular season. Adam Frazier and Bryce Brentz are also in that mix.
Feb 22 - 9:09 AM

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Joe Musgrove (shoulder) should resume throwing in "the coming days."

Musgrove skipped a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday after feeling some discomfort in his right shoulder and he hasn't picked up a baseball since, but Tomczyk told reporters on Wednesday that the issue is "minor" and the Pirates are simply taking "precautionary" measures. It's not a significant concern here on February 22, though Morton did miss some time last year in Houston with a shoulder issue and he's about a week behind the other rotation candidates in Pirates camp as Grapefruit League play gets underway.
Feb 22 - 8:54 AM

Bo Schultz (elbow) is getting close to throwing live batting practice.

Schultz missed all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last March. The Pirates signed him to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training in January. He owns a career 4.54 ERA in 51 career major league appearances, though he did post a promising 3.56 ERA in 31 appearances for Toronto in 2015. If the 32-year-old right-hander can work back to full health, he has an outside chance of joining the Pirates' bullpen at some point in 2018.
Feb 21 - 6:12 PM

Pirates placed RHP Nick Burdi on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move creates a spot for Bryce Brentz on the 40-man roster. Burdi, a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Twins, is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He could be a factor later this year.
Feb 20 - 1:52 PM

Pirates acquired OF Bryce Brentz from the Red Sox for cash considerations.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed J.D. Martinez on the 40-man roster. Brentz was mentioned as a possible fourth outfielder over the winter, but he became expendable for Boston. The 28-year-old could carve out a role as a right-handed bench bat or platoon option in Pittsburgh.
Feb 20 - 1:49 PM

Daniel Nava missed Tuesday's workout due to lower back discomfort.

Nava missed time with a back injury last season, so the Pirates will be careful with him. The veteran outfielder/first baseman turns 35 later this week and batted .301/.393/.421 in 80 games with the Phillies in 2017. He's in camp as a non-roster player and could be a useful bench piece if he can stay healthy.
Feb 20 - 12:35 PM

Nick Burdi (elbow) will likely begin mound work after the conclusion of spring training.

Burdi underwent Tommy John surgery last May and is said to be doing well with his throwing program. The 25-year-old was acquired from the Phillies after being selected from the Twins with the third pick in December's Rule 5 Draft. He can safely be stashed away on the disabled list for now.
Feb 19 - 2:33 PM

Joe Musgrove said Monday that he's not concerned about his shoulder.

Musgrove was forced to skip a scheduled bullpen session Sunday due to shoulder discomfort, but he downplayed it as "a little precautionary rest" and doesn't expect it to keep him off the field for long. There's obviously no reason to take any chances this early in camp. The Pirates will continue to monitor him before ramping things up again.
Feb 19 - 9:41 AM

Joe Musgrove is dealing with discomfort in his right shoulder.

Musgrove felt it on Sunday and was forced to skip his scheduled bullpen session. More should be known on his status in the next couple of days, but it's not an ideal start to his first spring with the Pirates. Acquired from the Astros as part of the Gerrit Cole deal, Musgrove has been projected to be a part of Pittsburgh's starting rotation. It should be noted that he missed a couple of weeks with a shoulder issue last season.
Feb 19 - 8:37 AM


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