Player News - Pirates

Date: Team: Pos:

Pirates recalled RHP Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The 24-year-old right-hander will add a fresh arm to a bullpen that was forced to work six innings against the Cardinals on Friday. Neverauskas owns a 3.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 7/1 K/BB ratio in nine innings with the Pirates this season.
Aug 19 - 12:25 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Steven Brault to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Brault's stay with the Pirates lasted just one day this time around, as the lefty worked four innings against the Cardinals on Friday. Needing a fresh arm in the bullpen, he was swapped out for Dovydas Neverauskas.
Aug 19 - 12:23 PM

Josh Bell went 1-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

He smacked an RBI double in the Pirates' five-run eighth inning, and then plated another run by working a bases-loaded walk in the ninth. The big first baseman has broken out in the power department in his second season. He hit three homers in 45 games last year and is up to 20 bombs in 120 games in 2017. He has a .260 batting average with 68 RBI.
Aug 18 - 11:20 PM

David Freese hit a solo homer and drove in two runs in Friday's loss to the Cardinals.

The former Cardinals World Series hero drilled a solo bomb off starter Carlos Martinez in the second inning then plated another run with a sacrifice fly as the Pirates' rally fell short in the ninth inning. The veteran third baseman is having a fairly bland fantasy season, sporting a .264 batting average with nine homers and 43 RBI in 384 plate appearances.
Aug 18 - 11:16 PM

Trevor Williams took a beating to the tune of eight runs in three innings during a loss to the Cardinals on Friday.

He gave up seven hits and three of them left the yard. He served up a solo shot to Tommy Pham, a three-run jack to Matt Carpenter and a solo tater to Paul DeJong. His ERA jumps from 4.19 to 4.71 in 114 2/3 innings. The rookie started the season in the bullpen before moving into the rotation in early May. He's been mostly solid before today.
Aug 18 - 11:09 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Brault has posted a nifty 1.94 ERA and 109/44 K/BB ratio over 120 1/3 innings for Indy this season. He'll work in long relief for now.
Aug 18 - 5:58 PM

Pirates placed LHP Wade LeBlanc on the 10-day disabled list with a left quad strain.

LeBlanc must have been injured during Thursday's appearance versus the Cardinals when he allowed four runs. Steven Brault has taken his spot in the bullpen.
Aug 18 - 5:56 PM

Josh Harrison went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and three runs scored in a loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

Harrison was able to get just enough of an Adam Wainwright offering, pulling it over the left field wall for a two-run clout in the first inning. The homer was his 13th of the year but just his third since the All-Star break. His production since the break aside, Harrison has been fairly useful for fantasy owners this year, batting .278/.349/.425 with 13 homers and 12 steals overall.
Aug 18 - 2:01 AM

Jameson Taillon allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Cardinals.

Taillon mixed moments of brilliance -- he struck out seven in his five innings -- with frustration -- he also walked three along with giving up seven hits. He wasn't overly dominant, but rain also shortened what could have been a longer outing for the 25-year-old. Instead, he settled for a no-decision to leave his record at 7-5 through 18 starts. Taillon will carry a 4.64 ERA and 1.51 WHIP into a matchup with the NL-leading Dodgers on Tuesday.
Aug 18 - 1:24 AM

Pirates recalled INF Max Moroff from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He's up for Francisco Cervelli, who is headed to the DL with left wrist inflammation. The versatile infielder will fill a utility role for the Bucs.
Aug 17 - 6:17 PM

Pirates placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation.

This is Cervelli's third trip to the DL this season. It's worth noting that Cervelli broke the hamate bone in his left hand last year, which eventually led to surgery. Chris Stewart should see most of the action behind the plate during his absence.
Aug 17 - 6:16 PM

Josh Bell went 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored in the Pirates' loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

Bell opened the game's scoring with an RBI single off Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson in the top of the first inning and then he hit another RBI single in the Bucs' three-run third inning. He also hit a leadoff triple in the top of the eighth and scored on an RBI single by Adam Frazier. Bell, 25, is batting .260/.336/.490 with six triples, 21 doubles, 20 home runs, 65 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 118 games this season.
Aug 16 - 5:31 PM

Gerrit Cole surrendered four earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Brewers.

Cole struck out nine Milwaukee hitters, but he issued two walks and gave up five hits -- including three home runs. It was his worst outing since late June and Pittsburgh eventually fell 7-6. The 26-year-old right-hander stands 10-8 on the season with a 4.04 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 141/38 K/BB ratio in 153 2/3 innings. He'll face the first-place Dodgers next.
Aug 16 - 5:20 PM

Josh Harrison finished 0-for-4 in the 3-1 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

Harrison, a member of the NL All-Star team, is hitting just .231/.275/.328 in 134 at-bats since the beginning of July. He might have been in line to lose some playing time to Adam Frazier if not for Gregory Polanco's latest injury. As is, Frazier can play the outfield, meaning that Harrison's spot should be secure.
Aug 15 - 11:19 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Francisco Cervelli (hand, wrist) will get three days off.

Cervelli was removed from Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays after experiencing renewed discomfort in his left hand and wrist. Chris Stewart will fill in behind the plate for the Bucs.
Aug 15 - 5:25 PM


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