Player News - Pirates

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Chad Kuhl lasted just three innings Monday, getting charged with five runs in a loss to the Cubs.

The Cubs had runners all over the bases in this one, as Kuhl surrendered eight hits, walked two and hit a batter. They wound up with a whopping 18 hits and 12 runs on the night. Kuhl had put together a couple nice outings in a row but obviously took a step backward in this one. He'll look for better results this weekend in St. Louis as he closes out his season.
Sep 26 - 11:03 PM

Gregory Polanco (face) is out of the Pirates' lineup again Monday against the Cubs.

Polanco hasn't played since he suffered a left facial contusion when he collided face-first into the left field on Friday. It's unclear when he'll be ready to return to action. Josh Bell is starting in right field on Monday while John Jaso will play first base.
Sep 26 - 4:34 PM

Starling Marte (back) remains out of the Pirates' lineup Monday versus the Cubs.

Marte hasn't played since Thursday due to nagging back spasms. He's iffy for the final week, so fantasy owners should have a backup plan at the ready. Adam Frazier will make the start in left field and bat seventh against Kyle Hendricks.
Sep 26 - 4:30 PM

Pirates placed INF Josh Harrison on the 60-day disabled list with a groin injury.

Harrison was shut down two weeks ago with a right groin strain. The 29-year-old finishes the 2016 season with a disappointing .283/.311/.388 batting line in 131 games. He's owed $7.75 million in 2017 on a contract that carries options through 2020.
Sep 26 - 3:45 PM

Pirates acquired INF Chris Bostick from the Nationals for C Taylor Gushue and cash considerations.

Bostick batted .250/.313/.386 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances this season between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. The 23-year-old infielder has yet to appear in a major league game and it doesn't sound like that will change in the final week of the 2016 campaign.
Sep 26 - 3:35 PM

Tyler Glasnow gave up four runs -- three earned -- over three innings Sunday in the Pirates' loss to the Nationals.

It was the third major league start for Glasnow, who had been operating out of the Bucs' bullpen since his early-September return from a shoulder injury. He gave up seven hits and walked one. It's not clear if there is another start in store for the youngster.
Sep 25 - 5:49 PM

Starling Marte (back) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

Marte is a question mark for the rest of the season with nagging back spasms. Gregory Polanco is also on the bench Sunday, but he's just getting a breather. The Pirates have Sean Rodriguez and Josh Bell at the outfield corners.

Jordy Mercer (forearm) is back in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

It's his first start since Wednesday as Mercer has battled a flexor issue in his right arm. He's at shortstop and batting sixth against A.J. Cole and the Nationals.
Sep 25 - 1:10 PM

Josh Bell hit his third homer of the year in Saturday's loss to the Nationals.

Bell, starting in right field and batting second, took Nats starter Joe Ross deep in the third inning for what turned out to be the Pirates' only run of the contest. The dinger was his third in 38 games this year, and he's got 18 RBI and 16 runs scored as well. Bell is hitting .287/.383/.444 and should be a big part of the Bucs' 2017 team.
Sep 24 - 11:59 PM

Ivan Nova allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

For the second straight start, Nova struggled and is now 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA as a member of the Pirates. He'd been absolutely lights out prior to his last start, though, and the Bucs have reportedly been impressed enough to approach the 29-year-old about a contract extension. Nova will have one more opportunity to make his case for a big payday when he squares off with the Cubs on Thursday.
Sep 24 - 11:53 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Friday that Tyler Glasnow will start for the Pirates on Sunday against the Nationals.

It will be the third start of the right-hander's young career. The 23-year-old hurler owns a 4.11 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 15/8 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings with the big league club this season. He's worth a look as a streaming option.
Sep 24 - 9:35 AM

Jordy Mercer (forearm) fouled out as a pinch hitter during Friday's come-from-behind victory over the Nationals.

Mercer was scratched from Friday's lineup due to discomfort in his right forearm and was held out on Friday as well. The fact that he was able to appear as a pinch hitter bodes well for his status going forward and he should return to the starting lineup at some point over the weekend.
Sep 24 - 8:44 AM

Jacob Stallings delivered a pinch-hit walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning Friday to lead the Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Nationals.

The Pirates tied things up against former closer Mark Melancon in the bottom of the ninth before Stallings played hero in the 11th. The winning rally was set up after the Pirates loaded the bases against Yusmiero Petit. Sean Rodriguez struck out swinging for the second out before Stallings ripped a single into left field to end it. It was a nice moment for the 26-year-old catcher, who was added back to the active roster earlier this month.
Sep 24 - 12:34 AM

Jameson Taillon yielded three runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Friday.

All three runs scored in the second inning, the big blow of which was a two-run homer off the bat of Danny Espinosa. Taillon settled down from there and kept the Pirates in the ballgame into the middle innings. The young right-hander fanned seven and walked none and now has an impressive 3.49 ERA and 81/14 K/BB ratio in 98 innings across 17 starts on the year. As of now, he lines up for a start against the Cubs next week to finish his rookie season.
Sep 24 - 12:32 AM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with a triple, two walks, and a run scored Friday versus the Nationals.

Coming up big at just the right time for fantasy owners. McCutchen has been a disappointment on the whole this season, but he’s batting .404 (19-for-47) with four homers, one triple, four doubles, 13 RBI, and nine runs scored over his last 11 games. He has hit safely in all of them.
Sep 24 - 12:30 AM


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