Player News - Pirates

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Francisco Liriano was lit up for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings by the Mariners on Tuesday.

Liriano did hit a long home run off Felix Hernandez, not that it mattered much in the end. He had pitched better in his first four starts of July, especially last time out when he fanned 13 against the Brewers, but this is a definite setback. Fortunately, he gets the Braves next time out, which should help him get back on track.
Jul 26 - 10:58 PM

Gregory Polanco went 4-for-5 and hit his 13th homer Tuesday against the Mariners.

Polanco has been a thoroughly mediocre hitter since the beginning of June, but we'd like to think he still has a nice run in him prior to season's end. A big game against Felix Hernandez would be a nice way to start to turn it around.
Jul 26 - 10:53 PM

Ryan Vogelsong (eye) will make another rehab start Wednesday with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said he's hoping Vogelsong can go seven innings, or around 90-95 pitches. The veteran right-hander yielded two unearned runs over four innings last Wednesday at Triple-A Indy, throwing 60 pitches. He's been sidelined since taking a Jordan Lyles pitch to the face on May 23.
Jul 26 - 4:03 PM

Josh Harrison is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mariners.

David Freese will also take a seat against right-hander Felix Hernandez. Adam Frazier will start at second base and bat second while Jung Ho Kang will play third and bat fifth.

Pirates optioned C Elias Diaz to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Diaz was up with the big club while Eric Fryer was away on paternity leave. He went 0-for-4 with an RBI ground out in his lone start.
Jul 26 - 2:19 PM

Pirates activated C Eric Fryer from the paternity leave list.

Fryer left the team after his wife gave birth to twins on Saturday. The Pirates optioned Elias Diaz to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear a spot on the active roster.
Jul 26 - 2:17 PM

Jameson Taillon allowed four earned runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Phillies.

At least he didn't get hit in the head by a comebacker, which is what happened in his last start Tuesday versus the Brewers. Taillon struck out seven batters on Sunday and issued no walks, but the Phillies got to the rookie right-hander for eight hits, including two home runs. Pittsburgh did rally to take the game 5-4, with the "win" going to Neftali Feliz.
Jul 24 - 6:24 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that Tyler Glasnow's shoulder might have been bothering him before his start on Saturday.

Glasnow was pulled in the third inning against the Phillies. The good news is that Huntington thinks the injury was caught before it got too bad, although the GM noted that Glasnow should've alerted the staff sooner that he wasn't 100 percent. Glasnow hasn't undergone any tests and it doesn't appear at this point that he will, so he might not be sidelined for terribly long.
Jul 24 - 1:46 PM

Andrew McCutchen is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

It's a rare day off for the veteran outfielder. Starling Marte has slid over to center field, Gregory Polanco has moved to left and Matt Joyce is starting in right. The Pirates also have Sean Rodriguez at shortstop and David Freese at third base, as Jordy Mercer and Jung Ho Kang are on the bench.

Pirates recalled RHP A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Schugel holds a 3.94 ERA and 41/13 K/BB ratio over 48 relief innings this season. He'll be used in the middle of games.
Jul 24 - 10:33 AM

Pirates placed RHP Tyler Glasnow on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

Glasnow departed Saturday's start against the Phillies with a sore shoulder. It's unclear at this point whether he might be dealing with any structural issues, but obviously the Pirates don't want to take any chances here. The club could offer more on a potential timetable for Glasnow later Sunday.
Jul 24 - 10:32 AM

Chad Kuhl left his start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday with right biceps discomfort.

It's unwelcome news at any time, but especially after Tyler Glasnow exited his start with the big club on the same day with a shoulder issue. How long Kuhl will be sidelined isn't known at this point, but it's fair to assume that he won't be starting for the Pirates for a while.
Jul 24 - 8:25 AM

Mark Melancon picked up save No. 29 in the Pirates' 7-4 defeat of the Phillies on Saturday.

Melancon racked up two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning. He is sporting a fantastic 1.55 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 38/9 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings this season for the Pirates, who are trying to stay within striking distance of a Wild Card spot. They might consider trading their impending free agent closer if things go south.
Jul 23 - 7:51 PM

Tyler Glasnow was pulled from his second major league start Saturday due to shoulder discomfort.

Shoulder troubles rarely end well, but there's no word yet as to the severity of this particular issue. Glasnow figures to see a specialist within the next couple of days. He gave up two runs in three-plus innings Saturday versus the Phillies, hitting two batters and walking three.
Jul 23 - 6:28 PM

Tyler Glasnow left his start Saturday against the Phillies with an apparent injury.

Glasnow had hit two Phillies batters and gave up a run in both the first and second. He exited with zero outs in the top of the fourth. This was the 22-year-old top prospect's second start in the major leagues.
Jul 23 - 5:46 PM


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