Player News - Pirates

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Pirates sent LHP Nik Turley outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Turley didn't pitch at all this season following a PED suspension and also an elbow injury.
Oct 5 - 8:38 AM

Edgar Santana underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday.

Santana posted a picture alongside Dr. James Andrews on his personal Twitter page, with a caption calling the surgery a "success." The 26-year-old right-hander will miss the entire 2019 season but should be 100 percent leading into 2020. He registered a promising 3.26 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 54/12 K/BB ratio across 66 1/3 innings this season out of the Pirates' bullpen.
Oct 4 - 3:29 PM

The Pirates will not bring back hitting coach Jeff Branson and assistant hitting coach Jeff Livesey next season.

Branson was Pittsburgh's hitting coach for five seasons. The Pirates finished 10th in the National League and 20th in baseball in runs scored this season. They do not expect any other changes to their coaching staff.
Oct 1 - 4:48 PM

Clay Holmes allowed three runs -- two earned -- on three hits over four innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Sunday.

Holmes handed out four free passes and only recorded three strikeouts. He gave up a run in the opening frame before serving up a two-run homer to Tim Federowicz in the second inning. The 25-year-old right-hander finishes the season 1-3 with a 6.84 ERA, 2.01 WHIP and 21/23 K/BB ratio in 11 major-league appearances (four starts).
Sep 30 - 8:10 PM

Felipe Vazquez fired a scoreless 10th inning to record his career-high 37th save of the year against the Reds on Sunday.

Vazquez struck out a pair of batters and only needed 11 pitches to slam the door on the Reds in extra innings. The 27-year-old southpaw closes out the 2018 campaign 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 89/24 K/BB ratio in 70 appearances.
Sep 30 - 8:00 PM

Josh Bell went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in the Pirates' win over the Reds in extra-innings on Sunday.

Bell swatted a solo homer, his 12th of the year, off Reds reliever Matt Wisler in the sixth inning. His power certainly regressed from the career-high 26 round-trippers he recorded last year, but the 26-year-old first baseman closed out the 2018 season hitting a robust .261/.357/.411 with 74 runs scored, 12 homers, 62 RBI and two steals in 583 plate appearances.
Sep 30 - 7:53 PM

Starling Marte went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in the Pirates' 6-5 win over the Pirates in extra-innings on Sunday.

Marte launched a solo homer off Reds reliever Matt Wisler in the sixth inning to reach the 20-homer plateau for the first time in his career. The 29-year-old five-category fantasy stud closes out the 2018 campaign hitting .277/.327/.460 with 81 runs scored, 20 homers, 72 RBI and 33 stolen bases in 606 plate appearances.
Sep 30 - 7:50 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that if Jung Ho Kang returns next season, it will be only as a third baseman.

Kang split time between third base and shortstop in 2015 and played some shortstop in the minors this season, but he's no longer viewed as a viable option at the position even as a backup. Jordy Mercer is an impending free agent, but it doesn't appear Kang is in consideration to replace him. The Pirates hold a $5.5 million option on Kang for 2019.
Sep 30 - 3:14 PM

Corey Dickerson went 1-for-3 as his team got shut out by the Reds on Saturday.

The Pirates stalled out on offense today, snaring a total of six hits without scoring a run. Dickerson's lone knock boosted his batting average up to an even .300 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI in 533 plate appearances. His power has taken a tumble this year compared to the 27 bombs he slugged a year ago.
Sep 29 - 7:35 PM

Jameson Taillon let in three runs over six innings and was charged with a loss to the Reds on Saturday.

He struck out seven batters without issuing a walk. He surrendered seven knocks including a solo home run by Eugenio Suarez. As a hitter he went 1-for-2 at the plate. The young pitcher turned in a breakout 2018 campaign, going 14-10 with a sterling 3.20 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 32 starts. He punched out 179 and walked 46 in 191 innings.
Sep 29 - 7:25 PM

Clay Holmes has been tabbed as the starter for the Pirates' season finale against the Reds on Sunday.

Holmes is likely to only work an inning or two in what should be a bullpen game for the Pirates. He should be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Sep 29 - 7:09 PM

Jordy Mercer was lifted from Saturday's contest against the Reds after being hit on the forearm by a bad hop.

He'll presumably head for an X-ray to ensure that nothing is broken, and as long as that checks out alright he should be cleared to return to action on Sunday. Mercer was 0-for-2 before departing on Saturday.
Sep 29 - 5:37 PM

Adam Frazier was removed from Saturday's game against the Reds due to right hamstring tightness.

The Pirates are calling his exit precautionary and he's considered day-to-day. There's a chance, albeit small, that he'll return to the lineup for Sunday's season finale.
Sep 29 - 5:35 PM

Adam Frazier was removed from Saturday's game against the Reds with a possible injury.

No word yet on exactly what may have occurred, but Frazier was replaced by Pablo Reyes defensively to begin the fourth inning. Expect the Pirates to provide an update on his status shortly.
Sep 29 - 5:07 PM

Jung Ho Kang will start at third base and bat fifth for the Pirates against Michael Lorenzen and the Reds on Saturday.

Kang joined the Pirates on Friday and singled in his only at-bat as a pinch hitter. The 31-year-old is a career .274/.356/.484 hitter with 36 homers and 120 RBI in 838 plate appearances at the big league level. He's worth a look as a streaming option and DFS play on Saturday where available.
Sep 29 - 12:31 PM


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