PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Brandon Cumpton to start today

The Pirates are calling up righty Brandon Cumpton to start Thursday afternoon’s game in place of the injured Wandy Rodriguez. Cumpton will oppose lefty Tony Cingrani at 12:35 as the Pirates try and split the series. Cumpton, who doesn’t profile as a big time prospect but did a very nice job in the spot starter role last season, has earned this callup with a strong start to the...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates baseball: Brandon Cumpton should start for the Pirates

The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Wednesday night to win the third game of a four game series. This loss marked another shaky start for Charlie Morton who allowed three runs in six innings. The Pirates have been inconsistent thus far into the season. With a record of 9-13, their pitching has been the main issue thus far. The starting pitchers have a combined...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Newly acquired Ike Davis savors opportunity to play regularly

Ike Davis is looking forward to playing more regularly with the Pirates, something he did not get to do with the New York Mets before being traded last week. "Getting the chance to play every day, you have chances to have good days," said Davis, who had 24 at-bats for the Mets. "That's the key, getting out there every day and getting at-bats. You play once every...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Cueto silences Pittsburgh hecklers with near-complete game shutout

PITTSBURGH -- The chants were inevitable. The crowd at PNC Park Tuesday night was roughly one-quarter of what was in the stands last October when Johnny Cueto had arguably the worst start of his career. It certainly was the most forgettable, unless you were a Pittsburgh Pirates fan. The 11,926 that showed up Tuesday did their best to recreate the hysteria of that National League...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A few updates and thoughts on the Wandy Rodriguez situation

The news about Wandy Rodriguez hitting the disabled list for a knee problem came at the end of the work day yesterday, so I didn’t have a chance to post much about it. The situation is a bit clearer now, so getting a post together today is probably a little bit more useful anyway. There’s been no indication from the Pirates how serious Wandy’s knee injury is, but if you put...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wandy Rodriguez goes on the disabled list

The Pirates placed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list Monday with right knee inflammation. It’s unclear how or when Rodriguez injured the knee. He pitched Saturday and was scheduled to pitch Thursday. “Wandy is not sure how he hurt his knee,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’d gone to the training room after his last start and complained of...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Gregory Polanco Forcing Bucs Hand

Gregory Polanco is ready and willing to make his MLB debut once that formality of a phone call is made by the Pittsburgh Pirates brain-trust to promote the uber prospect. The Pirates will try and keep Polanco marinating in Triple A in an attempt to extend their team control and his free agent eligibility however you can’t keep a good man down. The 22-year old is doing everything...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: New Pirate Ike Davis crushes grand slam against Reds

A great way to endear yourself to a new team is to get a big hit, for lots of runs, against a division (and regional) rival, at home.  Check (home run), check (make that a grand slam), check (Boo Reds), and check (Ike loves PNC Park) for new Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Ike Davis.  The newly liked Ike tees off against the rival Cincinnati Reds to send the Pirates to a 2-run lead (from...
Via Reading Between The Seams
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Travis Snider has huge black eye after punch from Martin Maldonado

Travis Snider was sporting a big black eye on Monday, a day after he was ejected for his role in the bench-clearing brawl between his Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers. The brawl started when Pirates pitcher (and ex-UCLA Bruin) Gerrit Cole barked at Carlos Gomez for admiring what turned out to be a deep fly […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin challenged Martin Maldonado to a fight

Russell Martin was still pretty upset about yesterday’s sucker-punch by Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado when he was asked about it before Monday’s game: Russell Martin: “Maybe (in) offseason we can raise some money for charity and battle it out. Me and (Maldonado). I’m throwing it out there.” — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) April 21, 2014 Martin: “If (Maldonado) wants...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds rolling into four-game set with Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates got the best of the Cincinnati Reds in last year's wild-card game, but it's Cincinnati rolling into Monday night's opener of a four-game set in Pittsburgh while the floundering Pirates are searching for answers. After suffering an 8-7 loss last Monday at home against Pittsburgh, the Reds (8-10) took the next two and have won four of five, matching...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates option Tony Sanchez to Indianapolis

Tony Sanchez bats during a spring training game The Pittsburgh Pirates activated catcher Chris Stewart from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday and optioned Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis. This has some Pirates fans debating the move. Pittsburgh’s offensive woes continue 18 games into the season. One night they put up 11 runs and the next they leave bases loaded twice in...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets’ Ike Davis Is Now Pirates’ Ike Davis: Shrewd Move For Buccos

Something shocking happened. You’re not going to believe me. It’s incredible, unbelievable, and totally could not have been for seen: the Pirates plan of platooning Gaby Sanchez and Travis Ishikawa at first base isn’t working out. Crazy, right? As of April 19, Ishikawa is batting a paltry .206 with one homer and Sanchez is raking to the tune of  .226 with 3 bombs. Sanchez’s...
Via Off The Bench
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Stewart comes off DL, Tony Sanchez to Indy

The @Pirates reinstate C Chris Stewart from the 15-day DL; option C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis. — MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) April 19, 2014 New Pirates catcher Chris Stewart has finished his rehab in the minors and has joined the team, meaning Tony Sanchez is headed back to Indianapolis to play every day. When Stewart was acquired, I wasn’t a fan of the move...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: What did they get in Ike Davis?

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit dailystache. Some thoughts following a surprisingly early-season trade by the Pittsburgh Pirates to land 1B Ike Davis from the New York Mets. 1.  Props to GM Neal Huntington for quickly realizing the Travis Ishikawa/Gaby Sanchez platoon wasn’t working, even though he probably should’ve realized that over the offseason,...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss
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