Player News - Pirates

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A.J. Schugel (shoulder) worked two scoreless innings in his latest rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Schugel has a 3.86 ERA in 4 2/3 rehab innings between High-A Bradenton and Triple-A Indy. The 28-year-old right-hander could join the Pirates' bullpen soon.
Apr 26 - 9:46 AM

Joe Musgrove (shoulder) threw about 35 pitches over two innings in a simulated appearance on Wednesday.

Musgrove used all of his pitches and tried to ramp up the velocity on his fastball from previous throwing workouts. "It went really well. It was really encouraging," Musgrove said. "I didn't feel like there was any abnormality in the way I was moving and the things I was doing. The ball was coming out clean. The velo was in a decent range, kind of where I was expecting it to be." The 25-year-old right-hander could soon be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment. He's on track to join the Pirates' rotation around mid-May, assuming no setbacks.
Apr 26 - 9:44 AM

Elias Diaz went 3-for-4 on Wednesday in a win over the Tigers in game two of a doubleheader.

With the three hits, Diaz now has a .444 average to begin the year, and his .687 slugging percentage helps illustrate that the backstop is making lots of hard contact right now. He's not going to challenge Francisco Cervelli for the starting job, but if you're looking for a cheap backstop in DFS when he's in the lineup, he might be worth some consideration.
Apr 26 - 12:04 AM

Felipe Vazquez pitched a scoreless ninth in the Pirates' victory over the Tigers in game two of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Vazquez came in with an 8-3 lead, so he didn't earn the save. He allowed one hit, but no runs scored and he struck out one. Vazquez's ERA still hasn't recovered from his disastrous opening, but it's "down" to 4.82, and he's allowed just one earned run in his last nine appearances.
Apr 26 - 12:01 AM

Jose Osuna went 2-for-4 with a homer in a victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Osuna was the 26th man for the doubleheader against Detroit, and he made his mark with a three-run shot off of Matt Boyd in the bottom of the second inning. He'll now head back to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he was hitting .333/.404/.533 in the International League.
Apr 25 - 11:56 PM

Chad Kuhl struck out eight hitters and allowed three runs in six innings in an 8-3 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.

Kuhl gave up a two-run shot to Leonys Martin in the fifth inning, but outside of that he was solid in the victory. The right-hander's ERA now sits at 4.55, but he's struck out 25 hitters in just-under 28 innings, and that ERA should start to drop with a little more luck. He's an intriguing streaming option or DFS play against weaker lineups, but you probably should avoid him on Monday when he faces the Nationals in Washington.
Apr 25 - 11:51 PM

Gregory Polanco is not in the lineup for game two of a doubleheader against the Tigers on Wednesday.

Jose Osuna will patrol right in Polanco's place, and hit sixth against the Tigers. Polanco went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the game one of the doubleheader Wednesday, and now has a .216/.300/.450 line with five homers over his first 21 games of the season.
Apr 25 - 8:23 PM

Corey Dickerson compiled three hits Wednesday in the Pirates’ loss to Detroit.

He finished the afternoon with a double, two singles and two runs scored. Dickerson is still sitting on one home run, but he’s been plenty productive with eight doubles, 12 RBI and a .321 average for the Bucs. Wednesday marked his eighth multi-hit game of the year.
Apr 25 - 8:22 PM

Francisco Cervelli drove in six of the Pirates’ 10 runs Wednesday in a loss to the Tigers.

He reached in four of his five plate appearances, contributing a walk, two singles, a double, a home run and one run scored. Cervelli’s home run was of the three-run variety and came in the third inning off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann. He also committed a throwing error but we’re sure Cervelli’s fantasy owners aren’t complaining about his afternoon. Cervelli is now tied with Gary Sanchez for the MLB lead among catchers with 18 RBI.
Apr 25 - 8:21 PM

Jameson Taillon was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Pirates’ loss to the Tigers.

He fanned three while throwing 57 of his 75 pitches for strikes. Taillon was a disaster on Wednesday, letting up two runs in the first, one in the third and four in the fourth. Five of the 10 hits he allowed went for extra bases including home runs to Leonys Martin and James McCann. The right-hander has seen his ERA rise from 0.89 to 4.91 over his last two starts. He’ll look for better results when he takes the mound Tuesday at Washington.
Apr 25 - 8:20 PM

Pirates recalled OF/INF Jose Osuna from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Osuna will act as the 26th man for the second half of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Tigers before heading back to Indy on Thursday. He's batting .333/.404/.533 in 52 plate appearances this season at Triple-A.
Apr 25 - 12:20 PM

Chad Kuhl will pitch the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Tigers.

Kuhl was scheduled to start Tuesday night, but the game got postponed due to inclement weather around Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Jameson Taillon will work the first game Wednesday against Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, with Kuhl facing off against lefty Matt Boyd in the nightcap.
Apr 24 - 9:25 PM

Tuesday night's game between the Pirates and Tigers has been postponed due to inclement weather in Pittsburgh.

Chad Kuhl was scheduled to face off against Jordan Zimmermann at PNC Park. They'll instead match up in the first half of a traditional doubleheader on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.
Apr 24 - 8:46 PM

Joe Musgrove (shoulder) is scheduled to make a simulated start on Wednesday.

If it goes well, the 25-year-old right-hander could be cleared to head out on a minor league rehab assignment by the weekend. Musgrove has been sidelined all season because of a lingering shoulder issue, but he threw all of his pitches in a 30-pitch bullpen session earlier this week and responded well to that workout. Things are looking up.
Apr 24 - 4:07 PM

Elias Diaz went 2-for-5 with a homer in an extra-innings loss to the Phillies on Sunday.

Diaz now has two homers on the season, with the second coming off of Nick Pivetta with a runner on in the fifth. Diaz has been excellent with the bat to start 2018 (1.117 OPS), but the reason he's on the roster is his glove behind the plate. There's zero short-term fantasy value unless Diaz becomes the everyday backstop for the Pirates or another club.
Apr 22 - 5:32 PM


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