Player News - Pirates

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Trevor Williams fired eight shutout innings against the Dodgers but had to settle for a no-decision as his team won 1-0 in extra innings on Wednesday.

Lost in the excitement surrounding Rich Hill's bid for a perfect game was that Williams was matching him inning-for-inning in run prevention. The rookie right-hander surrendered seven base hits and issued four walks against five strikeouts in his best start of the campaign. It was a great effort against the best team in baseball. It was especially nice to see considering he gave up eight runs in three innings against the Cardinals in his previous start. He now has a 4.40 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 122 2/3 innings for the season.
Aug 23 - 10:38 PM

Josh Harrison put an end to Rich Hill's no-hit bid by belting a walk-off solo home run in the 10th inning against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

It was the Pirates' only hit of the game and he really made it count. He lifted Hill's 99th pitch of the game over the wall in left field to end perhaps the most amazing contest of the season. Harrison has a .281 batting average with 16 home runs and 47 RBI in 456 at-bats.
Aug 23 - 10:30 PM

Francisco Cervelli (wrist) swung the bat on Wednesday.

Cervelli landed on the disabled list on August 17 with left wrist inflammation. Health has been an issue throughout the campaign for the backstop, who has now been placed on the DL on three separate occasions. There is no current timetable for his return to action.
Aug 23 - 4:22 PM

Wade LeBlanc (quad) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

LeBlanc strained his left quad late last week. There is no current timetable for his return, but that should clarify as he progresses further in his rehab. Prior to going down injured, the southpaw reliever held a 4.99 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 48/16 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 innings.
Aug 23 - 4:19 PM

Pirates recalled RHP Angel Sanchez from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Sanchez has registered a 3.74 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 65/15 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings this season out of the Indianapolis bullpen after missing all of 2016 following Tommy John surgery. The 27-year-old right-hander will work in middle relief for Pittsburgh.
Aug 23 - 2:52 PM

Pirates optioned RHP Edgar Santana to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Santana allowed two earned runs in two innings of relief Tuesday night against the Dodgers. Pittsburgh will call up a fresh bullpen arm ahead of Wednesday's game.
Aug 23 - 2:51 PM

Jameson Taillon walked a career-high five batters and allowed five runs Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Dodgers.

Not only did he issue a career-high five free passes – he had never even had four walks before – but Taillon also recorded just one strikeout. The righty has been out of sorts in the second half so far with an ugly 8.24 ERA over eight starts. It might be time for the Pirates to give him a break and call up Tyler Glasnow. If Taillon stays on turn, he’ll face the Reds in Cincinnati on Sunday.
Aug 22 - 11:18 PM

Starling Marte popped a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

Marte's longball off of Brock Stewart in the third inning kicked off a five-run rally for the Pirates that erased the Dodgers' lead. Unfortunately for the Bucs, that was the only frame they scored in and the Dodgers eventually pulled away. Marte, though, has picked it up lately with a couple homers and a .389 average over his last eight contests.
Aug 22 - 10:53 PM

Pirates recalled RHP Edgar Santana from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Santana will be available out of the Pittsburgh bullpen on Tuesday night against the Dodgers. He has allowed six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits and five walks over 7 2/3 innings this season at the major league level.
Aug 22 - 5:15 PM

Pirates recalled RHP Johnny Barbato from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Barbato owns an ugly 4.84 ERA in 15 appearances this season out of the Pirates' bullpen. He will operate in a middle relief role.
Aug 22 - 5:13 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Brault has posted excellent numbers as a starter this year at Triple-A, but the Pirates are expected to use him in a left-handed relief role. The 25-year-old southpaw holds no fantasy relevance.
Aug 22 - 5:12 PM

Pirates optioned RHP Dovydas Neverauskas to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Neverauskas gave up a go-ahead homer to Yasiel Puig in the 12th inning of Monday night's loss to the Dodgers. He should get another try when rosters expand in September.
Aug 22 - 5:08 PM

Pirates placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

Benoit walked four batters on Monday night against the Dodgers, though he did ultimately throw two scoreless innings. The veteran right-hander will probably miss two weeks.
Aug 22 - 5:07 PM

Pirates placed RHP George Kontos on the 10-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

Kontos has made just five appearances for the Pirates since they claimed him off waivers from the Giants on August 5. He'll be sidelined until early September.
Aug 22 - 5:05 PM

Tyler Glasnow is not expected to be called up on Tuesday.

Jameson Taillon ran out to the bullpen during Monday's extra-inning loss to the Dodgers, but he didn't end up being used. Perhaps Glasnow would have gotten the call if Taillon ended up pitching, but the Pirates will gain an extra year of service time if they wait a few more days before calling him up. Glasnow owns a ridiculous 1.79 ERA and 113/27 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings since his demotion to Triple-A in June. He's worth a stash for the stretch run in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Aug 22 - 10:36 AM


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