Player News - Pirates

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Jung Ho Kang went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Pirates topped the Rockies 5-3 on Friday.

Kang got the Bucs on the board with an RBI single in the first inning then extended their advantage with an RBI double in the third. What is turning out to be one of the best free agent acquisitions of the winter, Kang is hitting .294/.368/.463 with 12 homers and 48 RBI in what has been a fantastic rookie season.
Aug 28 - 10:39 PM

Francisco Liriano posted a quality start in Friday's no-decision against the Rockies, allowing three runs on four hits over his six frames.

Liriano punched out five on the night and issued three free passes. He entered the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead and in line for his 10th victory of the year before Carlos Gonzalez clobbered a solo homer to tie the game. Hell carry a terrific 3.27 ERA and 1.16 WHIP into Thursday's start against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Aug 28 - 10:34 PM

Francisco Cervelli (feet) tripled and scored a run in his return to action Thursday.

Cervelli sat out Wednesday's game after injuring both of his feet Tuesday, but he'll be fine. He's sporting a nifty .306/.374/.428 batting line for the Bucs.
Aug 28 - 8:36 AM

Gerrit Cole notched his 15th win after limiting the Marlins to one run in 7 1/3 innings on Thursday.

Cole had been stuck on 14 wins since July 26, though that was as much due to a lack of run support than any problems he was having. Because of the drought he's been overtaken by Madison Bumgarner and Jake Arrieta for the league lead in victories.
Aug 27 - 10:54 PM

Pedro Alvarez hit his 21st homer Thursday off the Marlins' Justin Nicolino.

It doesn't look like the Pirates are going to try Aramis Ramirez at first base, so Alvarez's starting job against righties appears safe. It certainly helps that he's hitting .302 with six homers and 15 RBI in 63 at-bats this month.
Aug 27 - 10:49 PM

Jung Ho Kang is out of the Pirates' lineup Thursday.

Kang was also given a day off Tuesday. He's been worked hard in his first major league season and Jordy Mercer is back from his knee injury to take some of the reps at shortstop. Mercer will start there and bat eighth versus Miami on Thursday evening.
Aug 27 - 3:26 PM

Jeff Locke pitched seven innings of two-run ball to earn the win versus the Marlins on Wednesday.

Both runs came early, as Martin Prado hit a solo home run in the first inning and J.T. Realmuto plated the Marlins' second run with a ground out. Locke gave up five hits and a walk while striking out three. The quality outing was one of very few for the lefty in the second half. On the season, he's carrying a 4.46 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and a 105/52 K/BB ratio over 141 1/3 innings. Locke will start versus the Brewers in Milwaukee next.
Aug 26 - 10:00 PM

Andrew McCutchen hit an RBI double and a three-run home run across five plate appearances in Wednesday's win against the Marlins.

McCutchen put the Pirates on the board in the first inning with an RBI double to left. He made it a six-run second inning when he sent a Chris Narveson offering over the fence in left field for a three-run homer. The outfielder has four consecutive multi-hit games and seven in his last nine contests. On the season, McCutchen is batting .300/.400/.521 with 20 home runs and 85 RBI.
Aug 26 - 9:57 PM

Pirates SS prospect Cole Tucker underwent surgery Wednesday for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

The injury will sideline him for the next 10-12 months, which obviously means he could miss the entire 2016 season. Tucker, the No. 24 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft out of an Arizona high school, batted .293/.322/.377 with two home runs and 25 stolen bases in 73 games this season for Low-A West Virginia. He's still young enough at 19 years old that this shoulder injury shouldn't derail his career too drastically.
Aug 26 - 5:49 PM

Francisco Cervelli (feet) is not in the Pirates' lineup Wednesday.

Cervelli fouled a ball off his right foot and jammed his left food during Tuesday's game. He's expected to be fine, but it's no surprise he's getting a breather in this one. Chris Stewart is behind the plate.
Aug 26 - 4:05 PM

Aramis Ramirez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

Ramirez had a hand in both of the Pirates' runs on the night, swatting an RBI single in the first inning before singling and scoring in the ninth. It didn't lead the Bucs to a comeback, but it was a good night for the 37-year-old, who has just two multi-hit games since August 9. Regardless, Ramirez will continue to be the Pirates' everyday third baseman down the stretch and is hitting .249/.292/.408 overall.
Aug 25 - 10:30 PM

Charlie Morton allowed eight hits and five runs -- four earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

Morton was solid early but fell apart late, allowing runs in each of his last three innings worked. The big one was a three-run sixth inning that was marked by three RBI doubles. The loss was Morton's first in over a month, dropping him to 8-5 overall. The right-hander will carry a 4.20 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into Sunday's contest against the Rockies.
Aug 25 - 10:18 PM

A.J. Burnett (elbow) will throw a three-inning simulated game on Sunday.

Burnett made it through another bullpen session Tuesday without issue and is ready to take the next step in his rehabilitation from a flexor tendon strain. If everything continues to go smoothly, the veteran right-hander could rejoin the Pirates' rotation in early-to-mid September.
Aug 25 - 4:40 PM

Pirates sent INF Pedro Florimon outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Florimon was designated for assignment by the Bucs last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 28-year-old is a .201/.264/.297 career hitter in the majors.
Aug 25 - 4:13 PM

Jung Ho Kang is out of the Pirates' lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.

Jordy Mercer will make the start at shortstop and bat eighth. Kang has had a strong rookie season, but it looks like fantasy owners will have to watch the lineup card closely down the stretch.
Aug 25 - 3:16 PM


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