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Jung Ho Kang delivered a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Braves on Sunday.

The homer was Kang's first since March 3, when he took Marco Estrada deep in his second at-bat of the spring. The Pirates will carry him as a backup at shortstop and second base. He'll also likely add third base to his arsenal as time goes on.
Mar 29 - 5:34 PM

Stolmy Pimentel got the start against the Braves on Sunday and threw two scoreless innings.

With Jeff Locke, Radhames Liz and Arquimedes Caminero all also out of options and likely in line for bullpen spots, Pimentel might find himself on waivers later this week. He'd almost certainly be picked up by a team looking for an arm with upside, but the Pirates have enough depth that they can afford to move on. The rest of their options are all better bets to help the team this year.
Mar 29 - 5:31 PM

Jaff Decker had to depart Sunday's game against the Braves with left calf discomfort.

Decker had to be helped off the field, suggesting that it might not be a minor tweak. The injury probably means that the outfielder will begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 29 - 3:09 PM

Jaff Decker exited Sunday's game versus the Braves with an apparent left leg injury.

Decker injured himself while leaving the batter's box and had to be helped off the field. The 25-year-old has played well this spring as he tries to win a backup job, but the injury could obviously affect his chances.
Mar 29 - 2:34 PM

Gregory Polanco homered off Randy Wolf as the Pirates beat a Blue Jays split-squad 8-3 on Saturday.

It was a two-run shot. Polanco also homered Friday against the Twins. Prior to yesterday, he had one extra-base hit in 37 at-bats for the spring.
Mar 28 - 4:35 PM

Charlie Morton yielded three runs in six innings Saturday in a win over the Blue Jays.

Originally expected to begin the year on the DL following hip surgery, Morton instead recovered quickly enough to enjoy a normal spring. He hasn't been particularly effective, what with his 6.46 ERA, but he'll be a part of the Pittsburgh rotation, and he should be a solid NL-only starter.
Mar 28 - 4:34 PM

Jeff Locke pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball Friday in the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Twins.

Locke pitched better today than Vance Worley did yesterday, but Worley has still had the better spring and was the favorite to serve as the Pirates' fifth starter going in. Expect Locke to open up as a middle reliever and still make a bunch of starts over the course of the year.
Mar 27 - 5:24 PM

Gregory Polanco, who had just one extra-base hit in 37 at-bats this spring, homered and doubled Friday against the Twins.

That's better. The Pirates' faith in Polanco hasn't seemed to wane, and it still appears that the plan is to hit him second ahead of Andrew McCutchen. It's a great spot for his fantasy value, if he can hold on to it.
Mar 27 - 5:18 PM

Jung Ho Kang tripled and walked Friday against the Twins.

The triple got a boost from the wind, but at least it was a well-hit ball, which is something not seen much of from Kang these last two weeks. The Pirates still plan on carrying him as a reserve despite hit .133 average.
Mar 27 - 5:16 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Friday that the team still plans to carry Jung Ho Kang on the Opening Day roster.

Kang has hit just .111 in 11 games this spring, but Huntington has seen enough positives from the Korean import. "We've seen some really good things," the GM said. He'll back up all over the infield for the Pirates and remains an intriguing long-term guy despite his struggles this spring.
Mar 27 - 9:36 AM

Pirates optioned LHP Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A Indianapolis; re-assigned OFs Jose Tabata and Gorkys Hernandez, 3Bs Brent Morel and Deibinson Romero, INFs Steve Lombardozzi and Gustavo Nunez, RHPs Deolis Guerra, Josh Wall and Brad Lincoln, LHP Charlie Leesman and C Sebastian Valle to minor league camp.

Tabata is the biggest name here, but he wasn't expected to crack the Opening Day roster with Corey Hart, Andrew Lambo and Sean Rodriguez all capable of being backups in the outfield. LaFromboise struck out eight but allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 27 - 8:58 AM

Neil Walker homered and doubled off the Braves' Wandy Rodriguez on Thursday.

Walker hit second today, but it appears he'll be the Pirates' cleanup man during the regular season, hitting in between Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. It's a nice spot for him to generate fantasy value.
Mar 26 - 4:28 PM

Radhames Liz pitched three scoreless innings Tuesday in his start against the Orioles.

The Pirates are intending to use Liz as a reliever, so these two starts he's gotten this spring are probably more about helping him develop consistency than anything else. He's allowed two runs in 10 innings.
Mar 24 - 4:36 PM

Jared Hughes gave up five runs and six hits in one-third of an inning Tuesday versus the Orioles.

Hughes saw his spring ERA balloon to 11.37 with the ugly outing. He had a 1.96 ERA last season, seemingly making him an integral part of the Pittsburgh bullpen. However, since he has an option remaining and some other Pirates relievers don't, he can't take that roster spot for granted.
Mar 24 - 4:34 PM

The slumping Jung Ho Kang went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday against the Orioles.

Kang is 3-for-27 with 11 strikeouts. He'll get another week to pull out of this, but if it doesn't happen, he might be looking at some Triple-A time to begin the season.
Mar 24 - 4:26 PM

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