Player News - Pirates

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Francisco Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to fatigue and "a little bit" of continued soreness in his right foot, according to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.

Cervelli had some soreness in the foot during the second half last season and it's creeped up on him a bit this spring. It doesn't look to be overly concerning at this point, though.
Mar 26 - 12:58 PM

Austin Meadows drilled a pinch-hit solo home run in a win over the Tigers on Saturday.

He was batting for Andrew McCutchen in the eighth inning when he took southpaw Kyle Ryan deep to provide the winning run. Meadows is batting .308 with two homers in 39 chances this spring. The 21-year-old top prospect is knocking on the door of the major leagues but it will likely take an injury or a trade involving one of the Pirates' stellar outfielders before he gets an opportunity.
Mar 25 - 6:32 PM

Tyler Glasnow gave up three runs -- two earned -- and punched out nine batters in four innings as the Pirates beat the Tigers 5-4 on Saturday.

Perhaps most importantly he walked only one batter. Glasnow has endured major difficulties with the base-on-balls in his young career but strikeouts have never been a problem. It remains to be seen whether he will head north as a member of the Pirates' starting rotation or will begin the season at Triple-A. The elite prospect registered a 1.87 ERA with 133 strikeouts in 110 2/3 innings at Triple-A last year.
Mar 25 - 6:25 PM

Chris Stewart (groin) is optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

The veteran backstop underwent a precautionary MRI after leaving Friday's Grapefruit League contest with a sore left groin. He felt much better on Saturday morning though and has been prescribed only rest and treatment for the injury. He'll serve as the primary backup behind starting catcher Francisco Cervelli in 2017.
Mar 25 - 10:59 AM

Gregory Polanco was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League lineup due to left shoulder discomfort.

While it doesn't sound like anything more than a minor issue, it's not the type of thing you want to be hearing so close to the start of the regular season, especially right in the thick of fantasy draft season. This shouldn't impact his availability for Opening Day, but could cause the risk-averse drafters to let him slide a few more picks.
Mar 25 - 10:45 AM

Trevor Williams blanked the Rays for five innings in the Pirates' 4-0 win on Friday.

Williams allowed three hits, walked none and struck out four. He entered camp as the longest shot of the four candidates for the fifth spot in the Pirates' rotation, but he's hanging tough with a 2.63 ERA and a 12/2 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings. It remains likely that he'll head to Triple-A anyway.
Mar 24 - 5:15 PM

Juan Nicasio struck out two in a perfect inning to maintain his flawless spring ERA Friday.

Nicasio was the breakout pitching star of last spring, striking out 24 in 15 scoreless innings to earn a spot in Pittsburgh's rotation. He's doing great again now -- he has a 9/0 K/BB in his six innings -- but no one cares, since he's no longer a threat to start. He still might be a nice $1 reliever in NL-only leagues.
Mar 24 - 5:13 PM

Chris Stewart exited Friday's game against the Rays with a sore left groin.

The Pirates are calling him day-to-day, so it doesn't sound like anything that might keep him from being available for Opening Day. Stewart will be the Bucs' backup catcher this season.
Mar 24 - 3:56 PM

According to Sung Min Kim, reports out of Korea are stating that Jung Ho Kang has been denied a work visa to enter the United States.

The report also states that there is suspicion Kang was convicted of drunk driving in a third country other than Korea and the United States. Kang was given an eight-month suspended sentence earlier this month as a result of his third DUI arrest in Korea. Kim says that with this latest news, Kang's chances of playing for the Pirates this season "got cloudy." The Pirates should have an update on the third baseman later Friday. David Freese will be the club's regular at the hot corner for as long as Kang is away.
Mar 24 - 8:42 AM

Drew Hutchison was roughed up for six runs on 10 hits and two walks over 4 2/3 frames versus the Red Sox on Thursday.

Seven of the 10 hits were singles, but that's not really comforting. Hutchison looked good in his first three starts this spring but has now been pummeled for six runs each of the last two times out, allowing a whopping 23 baserunners along the way. He'll have to shape up in a hurry if he wants a spot in the Pirates' rotation.
Mar 23 - 6:28 PM

Starling Marte cranked a grand slam off of the Red Sox' Heath Hembree on Thursday.

It was Marte's only hit in four trips to the dish, although he also plated an additional run with an RBI groundout. Marte's Grapefruit League action was interrupted by the World Baseball Classic and a minor ankle injury, but he's 6-for-15 with a home run and a couple steals so far.
Mar 23 - 6:21 PM

Pirates reassigned RHP Brandon Cumpton, OF Eury Perez, LHP Dan Runzler, RHP Jason Stoffel, INF Eric Wood, and 1B/OF Joey Terdoslavich to minor league camp.

No surprises among this round of cuts from Pirates camp. Cumpton hasn't appeared in a game at the major league level since the 2014 season. He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2015.
Mar 23 - 9:12 AM

Pirates optioned C Elias Diaz to Triple-A Indianapolis.

As expected, Chris Stewart will open the 2017 season as the backup to Pirates starting catcher Francisco Cervelli. Diaz needed surgery last September for a leg infection, but he should be fine for Opening Day with the Indianapolis Indians.
Mar 23 - 9:06 AM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington confirmed Thursday that Jung Ho Kang will not be ready for Opening Day.

That assumption could have been made without Huntington's help given that Opening Day is less than two weeks away and Kang still hasn't arrived at Pirates camp in Bradenton, Florida. The infielder is trying to secure a work visa in South Korea, but his latest criminal case is complicating matters. Kang was charged with his third DUI in seven years on December 2 in Seoul when he struck a guardrail with his car and fled the scene. He later tried to pin it on the person in the passenger seat but authorities quickly proved that false. There is no timetable for Kang's return to the Pirates' active roster.
Mar 23 - 9:00 AM

John Jaso's third spring homer was a two-run shot Tuesday in the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Rays.

Jaso, who was playing third base today, hit a long bomb to left off Alex Cobb in the first. He's sporting a .310 average and an 1.107 OPS this spring, so it'll be interesting to see how the Pirates carve out a role for him in the early going. Josh Bell is expected to get the bulk of the time at first base, with David Freese likely playing third until Jung Ho Kang is cleared to join the club. Jaso belongs in more just a pinch-hitting role, so it still seems like a trade is the best option here.
Mar 21 - 4:46 PM

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