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Pirates RHP prospect Jameson Taillon scattered two hits and one walk over seven shutout innings Tuesday in a no-decision for Triple-A Indianapolis.

He lowered his ERA from 1.54 to 1.19 while pushing his season strikeout total to 26. Taillon is now tied with Lehigh Valley's Zach Eflin for the International League lead in WHIP (0.76). The 24-year-old has handed out just three free passes in 30 1/3 innings this season. Finally healthy after spending all of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery, Taillon is poised to make his Pirates debut this summer.
Source: MILB.com
May 4 - 1:28 PM

Elias Diaz underwent a debridement procedure Tuesday on his injured right elbow.

That's a fairly minor surgery, considering the alternatives. Diaz, a 25-year-old catcher, will likely be shut down for the next 7-9 weeks. He is already on the 15-day major league disabled list.
May 4 - 11:14 AM

Jon Niese was knocked around for six runs over five frames in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

It was an ugly night for Niese, as he surrendered nine hits, walked five and also hit a batter. There was reason to believe that Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage could work some magic with Niese, but so far it hasn't worked out. He's sporting a 5.94 ERA and has allowed at least four runs in four of six outings. The southpaw will try for better results next week in Cincinnati.
May 3 - 9:56 PM

Josh Harrison is not in the Pirates' starting lineup against the Cubs on Tuesday.

Harrison has played well in the early part of the season, but so has Sean Rodriguez and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wants to keep him fresh. Rodriguez is batting seventh against Jake Arrieta.
May 3 - 2:38 PM

Starling Marte is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cubs.

He'll sit against 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. Matt Joyce will start in right field and bat cleanup.
May 3 - 2:36 PM

Gerrit Cole didn't have it Monday, getting touched up for six runs -- five earned -- over just 4 2/3 frames in a loss to the Cubs.

Cole struck out six on the night, but he walked four and permitted six hits, needing a whopping 105 pitches to cover his 4 2/3 innings. The Pirates ace has had a couple clunkers among his five starts and has yet to pitch past the six inning this season. He'll try for better results this weekend in St. Louis.
May 2 - 11:27 PM

Andrew McCutchen slugged a solo homer and had an RBI groundout in Monday's loss to the Cubs.

He drove in the Pirates' lone two runs on the night, as Jason Hammel and the Cubs' bullpen mostly held down the fort. McCutchen is hitting a disappointing .228/.339/.455 on the season and tweaked his troublesome left knee over the weekend, but he has at least smacked six homers.
May 2 - 11:18 PM

Elias Diaz is scheduled to undergo surgery on his injured right elbow this week.

The exact procedure he's facing is unclear. Diaz began experiencing elbow troubles toward the end of spring training and recently had a setback with his rehab. 2015 could become a lost season for the 25-year-old catcher.
May 2 - 3:10 PM

Pirates OF prospect Tyler Glasnow hurled five shutout innings Sunday in a win for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Glasnow had to work hard in this one. Though he only allowed two hits, Glasnow struggled with his control all day while handing out a season-high five walks. He countered that by tallying seven strikeouts. The top prospect has won his last two starts and has limited opponents to a dismal .187 average in 91 at-bats this season. The 22-year-old is creeping closer to his big league debut, which could occur any month now.
Source: MILB.com
May 2 - 2:51 PM

John Jaso hit a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Reds.

Jaso's solo homer off reliever Ross Ohlendorf came with two outs in the ninth inning and tied the proceedings at 5-all. Alas for the Pirate faithful, that would be the last run to score for the home team. Jaso has now homered in two straight games -- his first two homers of the season, at that. While he is slashing a tidy .306/.375/.471 across 85 at-bats, there is little in his history that would indicate that such a batting line will hold up over the course of the season.
May 1 - 5:39 PM

Jeff Locke earned a no-decision in Sunday's 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Reds, hurling seven innings of three-run ball.

Locke struck out six, walked two and scattered four hits over his seven innings of work. All three runs on his line scored in the sixth inning. The solid outing helped push his once bloated ERA down to a still overweight 4.73. Much of that weight came in an eight-run debacle against the Padres two starts ago. There isn't much fantasy upside here, but Locke will try to keep slimming that earned run mark when he tangos with the Cardinals in St. Louis next time out.
May 1 - 5:32 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Andrew McCutchen's left knee "just felt a little cranky" on Saturday.

McCutchen is back in the lineup Sunday, so it doesn't appear this is something to worry about at the moment. However, keep in mind that he dealt with a knee issue early last season, as well, so it's certainly an item that needs to be filed away. McCutchen entered play Sunday batting just .226/.339/.441 on the season.
May 1 - 3:39 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that he expects Jung Ho Kang (knee) to initially play two out of every three games upon his activation from the disabled list.

That sounds about right. Kang is making his way back from a torn meniscus and fractured tibia and just recently began playing in back-to-back games on his rehab assignment. The Pirates have some infield depth, so there's no need to push Kang too hard too fast.
May 1 - 1:22 PM

David Freese is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a day off. Sean Rodriguez is filling in at third base, while Josh Harrison has moved up to the No. 3 spot. Francisco Cervelli is also receiving a breather, as Chris Stewart is catching.

Francisco Liriano held the Reds to one run over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six, in a 5-1 win Saturday.

Liriano scattered five hits without walking a batter in the start. It was a nice bounce-back outing after a couple of subpar starts his last two times out. The southpaw is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through five starts. A date with the division-rival Cardinals in on tap for Friday.
Apr 30 - 10:52 PM


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