Player News - Pirates

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Gregory Polanco hit his 14th home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.

The home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning, came off lefty reliever Will Smith, his third homer of the year against a southpaw. Polanco hit some rough patches in June and July, but he's shown signs of a resurgence in recent games. After Saturday's game, the 24-year-old is hitting .287/.360/.499 on the year.
Jul 31 - 12:02 AM

Jameson Taillon allowed two runs over six innings, striking out six, in a loss to the Brewers on Saturday.

Taillon gave up six hits without issuing a free pass, but he was outdueled by Brewers starter Chase Anderson. Even so, it was Taillon's fourth straight quality start and his sixth in eight outings this year. He owns a 3.52 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 37/5 K/BB ratio in those eight starts. The young right-hander will hope for a better fate Friday against the Reds.
Jul 30 - 11:56 PM

David Freese was ejected from Saturday's game against the Brewers for arguing balls and strikes.

Freese took exception to a called strike two during his at-bat in the fifth inning and was eventually given the hook from home plate umpire Marty Foster after continuing the argument between innings. John Jaso took over for Freese at first base. Freese went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts before exiting.
Jul 30 - 9:31 PM

Francisco Cervelli (foot) is back in the Pirates' lineup Saturday against the Brewers.

Cervelli left Friday night's game after taking a pitch off his right foot but it wasn't enough to keep him out of the lineup on Saturday. He'll start behind the plate and bat sixth against Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson. Pittsburgh is extremely thin at catcher with Chris Stewart rehabbing a knee injury so the Bucs dodged a bullet here.
Jul 30 - 5:32 PM

Tony Watson is expected to serve as the Pirates' closer in the wake of Saturday's trade sending Mark Melancon to the Nationals.

Watson has been nothing short of exceptional over six seasons in the Pirates bullpen, compiling a 2.48 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 8.1 K/9. He has five career saves under his belt already and should pile them up in a hurry over the final few months of the season. Should he falter, Neftali Feliz has prior closing experience and could be considered for the ninth-inning gig.
Jul 30 - 4:14 PM

Pirates acquired LHP Taylor Hearn and LHP Felipe Rivero from the Nationals for RHP Mark Melancon.

Hearn, a 21-year-old left-hander, registered a 2.79 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 39/13 K/BB ratio across 29 innings between the Rookie League Nationals and Class-A Hagerstown this season. He has a power arm, but is still in the process of developing and refining his secondary offerings.
Jul 30 - 3:39 PM

Pirates acquired LHP Felipe Rivero and LHP Taylor Hearn from the Nationals for RHP Mark Melancon.

Rivero, a hard-throwing, high-strikeout left-hander could quickly work himself into a setup capacity in the Pirates bullpen with the expectation that Tony Watson will step into the closer's role. He makes for a nice return for the Pirates on the expiring contract of Mark Melancon.
Jul 30 - 3:39 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Felipe Rivero will head to the Pirates as part of the Mark Melancon trade.

Rivero, a 25-year-old southpaw, owns a 4.53 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 53/15 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings out of the Washington bullpen this season. He'll likely slot right into a middle relief role in the Pirates bullpen and could emerge as a late-game option there with his high-strikeout and low-walk rates.
Jul 30 - 3:07 PM

Francisco Cervelli did not suffer any structural damage from getting hit by a pitch on his right foot during Friday's game.

The backstop should be considered day-to-day and will avoid a trip to the disabled list. Don't be surprised if he sits out on Saturday as a precautionary measure before returning to the lineup on Sunday.
Jul 30 - 12:44 PM

Making his second major league start, Steven Brault took the loss Friday against the Brewers after giving up three runs in six innings.

Brault surrendered seven hits and three walks, but the big blow was a two-run homer to Chris Carter in the first inning. He threw just 58 out of 106 pitches for strikes, but managed to work around trouble and keep the Pirates in the game. It’s unclear what the plan is beyond Friday, but the young southpaw should get more opportunities down the stretch.
Jul 30 - 1:06 AM

Jung Ho Kang went 0-for-4 with a strikeout against the Brewers on Friday.

Kang had a chance to come up big in the ninth inning, as the Pirates had the tying run on first base against closer Jeremy Jeffress, but he grounded out to third to end the ballgame. The 29-year-old is batting just .158 (12-for-76) over his last 27 games. More importantly than his struggles on the field, Kang is still being investigated by Chicago police for an alleged sexual assault. It’s unclear when there will be a resolution on the matter.
Jul 30 - 1:05 AM

Francisco Cervelli had to be removed from Friday's game against the Brewers after getting hit on the right ankle by a pitch while behind the plate.

Cervelli had to be helped off the field by team trainers and was unable to put any weight on his injured ankle. He'll presumably head for X-rays and the Pirates should have an update on his status before Saturday's game. Losing Cervelli for any length of time would be very detrimental to the Pirates.
Jul 29 - 11:41 PM

Tyler Glasnow (shoulder) played catch from 90 feet on Friday.

It's the first time he's thrown since going down with shoulder inflammation. The Pirates don't think Glasnow will be on the shelf for terribly long, but there's currently no timetable for his return.
Jul 29 - 5:18 PM

Pirates optioned RHP A.J. Schugel to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Schugel holds a 3.86 ERA and 43/13 K/BB ratio over 49 relief innings with the big club this season. He'll be back soon enough.
Jul 29 - 4:30 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Brault will start on Friday against the Brewers. He allowed one earned run over four innings against the Cardinals earlier this month in his major league debut.
Jul 29 - 4:29 PM


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