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Russell Martin revealed Tuesday that the ailment he's dealing with is actually an aggravation of a groin injury from earlier this season.

The Pirates have been referring to it as a strained left hamstring and also said the month he missed earlier this season was due to the hamstring, but Martin says it's a strained left adductor magnus. He originally suffered the groin strain more than eight months ago while helping a friend run a youth baseball camp. He's not 100 percent, but the ailment isn't going to keep him out of Wednesday's Wild Card Game. "I'm not the only guy who'll be on the field who's banged up," Martin said. "Those two days off helped. I should feel pretty good."
Sep 30 - 8:57 PM

Russell Martin (hamstring) expects to start in Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants.

Martin left Friday's game after aggravating a left hamstring injury and sat out the rest of the weekend, but it's not going to stop him from playing in Wednesday's do-or-die affair. Still, the Pirates plan to carry three catchers for the game just in case.
Sep 30 - 3:21 PM

The Pirates confirmed Monday that Edinson Volquez will start Wednesday's Wild Card Game.

He'll be facing off against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in what should be a raucous environment at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Volquez was one of the worst starters in the majors last season, but he bounced back with a 3.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 192 2/3 innings this year. The team that wins on Wednesday night will advance to a Division Series matchup against the Nationals.
Sep 29 - 11:16 AM

Gerrit Cole struck out 12 while tossing seven innings of one-run ball but had to settle for a no-decision in a loss to the Reds.

At 102 pitches, Cole probably had another inning in him, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, not surprisingly, decided to pinch-hit for him to lead off the top of the eighth. Cole made a couple trips to the disabled list this season but finished strong with a 2.14 ERA and 27/2 K/BB ratio over his final 21 innings.
Sep 28 - 5:05 PM

Chris Stewart is listed as day-to-day after X-rays on his hand came back negative on Sunday.

Stewart was forced to leave Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch. He appears to have avoided any significant injury, which is good news heading into the postseason.
Sep 28 - 4:58 PM

Neil Walker singled and launched a solo homer in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

Walker was one of the few that didn't have trouble squaring up Johnny Cueto. His longball in the fourth inning was a deep blast to right field and knotted things up at the time before the Reds eventually prevailed late. Walker's season concludes with a .271/.342/.467 batting line and a career-high 23 homers.
Sep 28 - 4:57 PM

Chris Stewart left Sunday's game against the Reds with a left hand/wrist injury.

Johnny Cueto caught Stewart with his backswing in the bottom of the eighth. With Russell Martin (hamstring) banged up, it's a notable injury for the Pirates.
Sep 28 - 3:42 PM

Ike Davis was removed from Sunday's game against the Reds due to the flu.

Davis has been battling illness all weekend. He was replaced by Gaby Sanchez, who will continue to hold down first base as long as Davis is sidelined.
Sep 28 - 2:35 PM

Russell Martin (hamstring) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

The Pirates took a long time to release their lineup, presumably so that Martin could test out his ailing left hamstring. Obviously, he must still be feeling pretty badly to sit out such a huge game. Chris Stewart is behind the plate for Sunday's regular season finale.
Sep 28 - 11:35 AM

Edinson Volquez will be the starter for the Pirates in a potential Wild Card game Wednesday.

It had been set up that way with Francisco Liriano pitch Saturday and Gerrit Cole getting the ball Sunday. The Pirates can still tie for the National League Central crown with a win Sunday coupled with a Cardinals loss. Jeff Locke or Vance Worley would start a potential tiebreaker game on Monday. Volquez struck out a season-high 10 batters in his last outing and holds a 2.20 second-half ERA.
Sep 28 - 10:42 AM

Gerrit Cole remains the Pirates' starter on Sunday.

There was some consideration given to holding him back for a potential Wild Card game on Wednesday. Manager Clint Hurdle even brought multiple starting options to some of the leaders on the team, but they were adamant in their opinion that Cole should get the ball Sunday with a National League Central crown still a possibility. The team will start either Jeff Locke or Vance Worley on Monday in a potential tiebreaker game and Edinson Volquez on Wednesday in the Wild Card game.

Neil Walker went 2-for-5 and drove home three runs in a losing effort against the Reds on Saturday.

It was a crushing defeat for the Pirates who are still battling for the top spot in the National League Central. Walker drove home a pair of runs with an RBI single in the fifth inning, then added an RBI triple in the seventh to put the Bucs on top 6-4. He's having a strong season offensively, slashing .270/.341/.461 with 22 home runs and 75 RBI.
Sep 27 - 5:20 PM

Jordy Mercer had a nice day at the dish in a tough extra-inning loss to the Reds on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.

Mercer plated the Pirates first run with an RBI groundout in the second inning then blasted a solo homer off Alfredo Simon in the fifth. He's now hitting .257/.308/.390 on the season with 12 long balls and 55 RBI.
Sep 27 - 5:17 PM

Francisco Liriano struggled with his command in a no-decision against the Reds on Saturday, issuing five walks in his five innings of work.

The veteran left-hander was tagged for three runs on five hits before departing. He also struck out five on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came during a three-run uprising in the first inning. Liriano concludes his regular season with a 3.38 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 175/81 K/BB ratio over 162 1/3 innings.
Sep 27 - 5:00 PM

Russell Martin (hamstring) is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Saturday.

The veteran backstop aggravated his hamstring injury in Friday's contest and is likely to be held out the remainder of the weekend as a precaution heading into the postseason.
Sep 27 - 11:19 AM


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