Player News - Pirates

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Francisco Liriano surrendered five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings in Monday’s loss to the Dodgers.

Liriano gave up one run over the first four innings before the Dodgers got to him for four runs in the fifth. He struck out three and walked five in the loss, as his control problems continue. The southpaw leads the majors with 54 walks in 82 2/3 innings. He can’t be trusted in fantasy leagues right now.
Jun 27 - 4:31 PM

Gregory Polanco (leg) is not in the Pirates' lineup Monday against the Dodgers.

Polanco hasn't been in the lineup the past three days while battling left leg discomfort, though he did strike out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday night. Utility man Sean Rodriguez is getting the nod in right field. He'll bat seventh against Dodgers lefty Scott Kazmir. Polanco remains day-to-day.
Jun 27 - 11:46 AM

Gerrit Cole (triceps) threw off a mound on Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list.

Pitching coach Ray Searage said Cole was "very, very good" and actually had to reel him in a bit so he wouldn't re-injure himself. The right-hander threw 15 fastballs while emphasizing timing and a consistent delivery. He's expected to throw two more bullpen sessions during the Pirates' upcoming road trip. After that Cole will be reevaluated in hopes of beginning a rehab assignment. There's no timetable for his return.
Jun 27 - 9:42 AM

According to John Perrotto of FanRag Sports, the Pirates aren't looking to shop Andrew McCutchen until the offseason.

The Pirates have been plummeting in the NL Central race, fueling speculation that the Bucs will become sellers at the trade deadline. They still might—Francisco Liriano and Mark Melancon are logical trade candidates—but McCutchen won't be part of that discussion. However, the team could entertain offers for McCutchen this winter in anticipation of top outfield prospect Austin Meadows' arrival in 2017. McCutchen is having his worst season, though he did bop a pair of home runs Saturday off Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda.
Jun 27 - 8:36 AM

David Freese walloped a three-run double in the second inning on Sunday, leading the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night, but proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Freese continues to excel in the middle of the Pirates lineup, slashing .290/.369/.448 with six bombs and 30 RBI.
Jun 26 - 10:55 PM

Chad Kuhl defeated the Dodgers in his MLB debut on Sunday night, allowing three runs on four hits over five innings of work.

The right-hander punched out five on the night while walking four. All of the damage against him was inflicted by Justin Turner who clubbed a two-run homer and an RBI double. It'll be interesting to see if he bought himself another start with this effort, or if the team will turn back to Juan Nicasio or perhaps call up Tyler Glasnow to fill the rotation spot next time around. If Kuhl does get another start, it'll come against the Athletics in Oakland on Saturday.
Jun 26 - 10:53 PM

Andrew McCutchen was ejected from Sunday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called third strike call.

McCutchen doesn't get visibly frustrated often, but he let his emotions spill over in this one on what was a questionable third strike call. He'll catch the rest of this game from the clubhouse.
Jun 26 - 10:47 PM

Jordy Mercer was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Dodgers with head and right ear discomfort.

Mercer sustained the injury while sliding into second base in an attempt to break up a double play. He'll likely be re-evaluated on Monday, but it doesn't sound as though a trip to the disabled list is in his future.
Jun 26 - 9:52 PM

Pirates designated RHP Curtis Partch for assignment.

That move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Chad Kuhl who is starting for the Pirates on Sunday. Partch struggled in his lone appearance with the big league club this season, allowing three runs on his inning of work. He's expected to pass through waivers and continue to function as bullpen depth at Triple-A.
Jun 26 - 5:32 PM

Gregory Polanco (leg) is once again not in the Pirates starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers.

Polanco has been dealing with discomfort in his left leg which forced him to miss all three games of their weekend set against the Dodgers. It doesn't sound as though it's anything that will necessitate a trip to the disabled list, so expect him to rejoin the starting lineup early next week.
Jun 26 - 4:42 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Kyle Lobstein to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The 26-year-old southpaw continues to shuttle back and forth between Pittsburgh and Indianapolis any time the Bucs need an extra arm for a couple of days. He'll continue to provide depth at Triple-A until he's called upon once again.
Jun 26 - 4:40 PM

Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Chad Kuhl from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He'll make his big league debut on Sunday against the Dodgers. The 23-year-old hurler owns a 2.58 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 59/16 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings at Triple-A. It's unclear how long he'll remain in the Pirates rotation, but if he pitches well on Sunday he could be given a chance to stick, which could give him some value in NL-only formats.
Jun 26 - 4:38 PM

Cory Luebke has elected free agency.

Luebke cleared waivers after being designated for assignment but has declined an outright assignment. The left-hander will now look for a gig elsewhere.
Jun 26 - 2:02 PM

Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, then trumped that with a three-run bomb in the sixth to carry the Pirates to a 6-1 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday.

The two home runs give McCutchen 12 for the season. He has been a major disappointment for his fantasy owners so far this year but he gave them a big treat today. McCutchen played poorly in the early part of last season before coming on strong in the second half, perhaps today is an indication he will repeat that cycle this year. He is now batting .243 with 41 runs, 32 RBI and only two steals.
Jun 25 - 10:37 PM

Jeff Locke pitched seven strong innings to beat the Dodgers on Saturday, giving up only one run on five hits.

He recorded three strikeouts and did not walk a batter. That makes two excellent starts in a row for Locke. He has allowed only one run in his last 13 2/3 innings after allowing 18 runs in his previous 8 2/3 innings. He will take a 5.12 ERA into his next start in Oakland on Friday.
Jun 25 - 10:30 PM


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