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Pirates prospect outfielder Austin Meadows is expected to miss up to four weeks after receiving a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection last week for a right hamstring tear.

Meadows suffered the injury last week. It's the latest frustrating development for the 22-year-old, who has struggled to the tune of a .248/.313/.358 batting line with four homers and 35 RBI through 64 games this season in Triple-A. Meadows was mentioned as a possibility for a call-up after Starling Marte's PED suspension back in April, but the Pirates didn't think he was ready at the time. At this point, the priority should be getting him healthy to finish the year on a high note.
Jun 26 - 9:35 AM

Adam Frazier went 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI as the Pirates fell to the Cardinals on Sunday night.

Frazier's two-run triple got the Pirates on the board in the third inning and tied the game at 2-2. He continues to excel atop the Bucs' lineup, slashing .285/.360/.400 with three homers, 28 RBI and five stolen bases.
Jun 25 - 11:38 PM

Chad Kuhl struggled in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Sunday, allowing four runs on eight hits over his five-plus innings of work.

The right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the night while walking one. He carried a 4-2 lead into the sixth inning where Randal Grichuk greeted him with a solo homer and Kuhl allowed a double to Yadier Molina before departing. He'll carry an unimpressive 5.58 ERA and 1.57 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Giants.
Jun 25 - 11:32 PM

Josh Harrison doubled, homered and scored two runs in the Pirates' 7-3 win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Harrison got busy early, doubling into the left field corner in the first inning and scoring on a Josh Bell single. He drove himself in in the fifth inning, just barely clearing the left field wall for a solo homer, his ninth dinger of the year. The 29-year-old also plated a second run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth. Harrison doesn't have a permanent home on the diamond, but he's not leaving the lineup any time soon, hitting .294/.374/.463 in 72 games this year.
Jun 24 - 11:58 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

His rise from the ashes continues, as he's now turned in multi-hit games in 10 of 21 games this month. That's good for a .387 average, with six homers, 20 RBI and 19 runs scored in June. In total, he's hitting .269/.351/.485. Reports of his death appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
Jun 24 - 11:50 PM

Jordy Mercer homered and collected three RBI in Saturday's win over the Cardinals.

Mercer hit a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Lance Lynn in the fourth inning, his seventh homer of the year, and he added an RBI groundout in the sixth. The 30-year-old is quietly on pace for the best full offensive season of his career, batting .275/.349/.424 in 72 games. He's got 28 RBI and 29 runs scored to go with those seven homers to date.
Jun 24 - 11:46 PM

Gerrit Cole held the Cardinals to one run over six innings in a win Saturday.

Some might have been concerned when the first Cardinals hitter of the game, Matt Carpenter, deposited a Cole offering into the Cards' bullpen, but Cole straightened up from there. He gave up just four hits the rest of the night, walking two while striking out five. The start was the third in a row in which the 26-year-old has allowed just a single run. It's no coincidence that he's 3-0 in those starts. Cole is 6-6 with a 4.11 ERA and 1.25 WHIP overall, but that late May-early June funk seems to be a thing of the past. Cole has an opportunity for another strong showing Friday when he takes on the cellar-dwelling Giants.
Jun 24 - 11:37 PM

Pirates sent RHP Josh Lindblom outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Lindblom had been rehabbing his injury at Triple-A already. This move removes him from the club's 40-man roster.
Jun 24 - 2:46 PM

John Jaso slugged a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning to lead the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals.

After entering the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning, Jaso took Seung-Hwan Oh deep with two outs in the top of the ninth. Felipe Rivero tossed a scoreless bottom of the frame to finish off the wild win. Jaso is now hitting .234/.319/.421 with five homers and 19 RBI through 62 games.
Jun 24 - 12:29 AM

Jameson Taillon was handed a no-decision after allowing two runs over six innings Friday versus the Cardinals.

The only damage was a two-run homer off the bat of Jose Martinez. Taillon struck out seven and walked a pair in the no-decision. The 25-year-old has now had two really good starts and one shaky one since returning from surgery for testicular cancer. He’s made for an amazing story.
Jun 24 - 12:29 AM

Felipe Rivero notched the win Friday against the Cardinals after tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Rivero was brought on in a tie game in the bottom of the eighth after Juan Nicasio walked Jedd Gyorko and gave up a single to Jose Martinez. The southpaw retired back-to-back batters to snuff out the threat before working around a walk in the ninth to finish off the victory. He’s the pitcher to own in this bullpen in fantasy leagues.
Jun 24 - 12:28 AM

Josh Bell socked a solo homer in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

Bell got the Pirates on the board first by taking Adam Wainwright deep in the second inning. The 24-year-old is now up to 14 home runs on the year and has quietly had his most productive month of the season.
Jun 24 - 12:27 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that the odds of the Pirates trading Andrew McCutchen before next month's deadline are "good."

The Pirates shopped McCutchen heavily last winter and they seem likely to do so again even if they climb back into the playoff hunt. While the former MVP got off to a painfully slow start this season, he's been one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the last month with a .396/.486/.736 line and eight homers across his last 26 games. The Pirates holds an affordable $14.5 million club option on McCutchen for 2018. 'Cutch will turn 31 in October.
Jun 23 - 1:24 PM

Ivan Nova surrendered four runs and 11 hits in seven innings Thursday in a loss to the Brewers.

Nova is starting to give up more homers now -- six in four starts this month after a total of five in his first 11 starts -- but he's still keeping it together; he's yet to allow more than four runs in a start this season. He's 7-5 with a 3.06 ERA.
Jun 22 - 5:41 PM

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 and hit his fifth homer Thursday against the Brewers.

Polanco still hasn't been able to go on a real hot streak, but at least he does now have five homers in 26 games after going his first 30 without one. Unfortunately, he hasn't supplemented those with any steals of late. He's 7-for-8 stealing bases this year, but four of those steals came in the first two weeks and he's tried just one steal in the four weeks since he came off the DL.
Jun 22 - 5:34 PM


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