Player News - Pirates

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Nick Kingham was shelled for six runs -- five earned -- on seven hits over 1 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Kingham drew the start in place of right-hander Joe Musgrove, who has been shut down for the remainder of the season with right side abdominal discomfort, and recorded just four outs in an abbreviated outing. The 26-year-old right-hander was burned by the long-ball in this one, serving up a three-run homer to Christian Yelich and a two-run tater to Travis Shaw in the second inning before being pulled. He recorded a pair of strikeouts, issued two walks and also hit a batter. He’s 5-7 with a bloated 5.23 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 66/23 K/BB ratio in 17 big-league appearances (14 starts) this year. If he’s given another turn in the Pirates rotation, it will likely come against the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday.
Sep 23 - 5:33 PM

Adam Frazier crushed a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the Pirates' loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Frazier came off the bench and slugged a two-run homer, his 10th of the year, off Brewers reliever Matt Albers in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was his second round-tripper in his last four games. The 26-year-old versatile utility specialist is hitting .291/.357/.476 with 49 runs scored, 10 homers, 35 RBI and one steal in 329 plate appearances. His multi-position eligibility and contact skills will make him an intriguing target in deeper mixed leagues next spring.
Sep 23 - 5:32 PM

Josh Harrison went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the Pirates’ blowout loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Harrison drilled a two-run double to center field off Brewers starter Wade Miley in the fifth inning. The Bucs offense plated six runs despite managing only six hits on the afternoon. The 31-year-old veteran infielder is hitting an underwhelming .252/.294/.368 with 41 runs scored, eight homers, 37 RBI and three steals in 366 plate appearances. It's extremely unlikely the Pirates will pick up his $10.5 million option this offseason, so this may have been his final home game after eight seasons in Pittsburgh.
Sep 23 - 5:03 PM

Starling Marte departed Sunday's game against the Brewers with left calf tightness.

Marte first felt something in the calf while running to first base in the fourth inning and he was eventually pinch-hit for in the fifth. The Pirates could have more on his status after the game, but it would seem to be something that could prematurely end his season.
Sep 23 - 3:41 PM

Edgar Santana (elbow/forearm) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Santana left an appearance Friday with discomfort in his right elbow and forearm. His season is surely over regardless, but we should find out more after Monday's exam how serious his injury is.
Sep 23 - 10:24 AM

Starling Marte went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI to lead his team to a 3-0 win over the Brewers on Saturday.

He ripped a double down the left field line that plated Trevor Williams and Adam Frazier in the third inning. Marte was thrown out attempting to swipe a bag in the contest and leads the majors with 14 caught-stealing on the season. He is tied for fourth in the majors with 33 steals. He has a .277 batting average with 19 home runs and 69 RBI in 576 plate appearances.
Sep 22 - 10:50 PM

Felipe Vazquez struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning to earn a save against the Brewers on Saturday.

He surrendered a lead-off double to Christian Yelich and was able to strand him right there while notching his 36th save of the season. He owns a 2.82 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 67 innings.
Sep 22 - 10:39 PM

Trevor Williams struck out seven batters while tossing six shutout innings to beat the Brewers on Saturday.

He sprinkled four hits and a walk in his outing and has not allowed a run over 12 innings in his last two starts. He improves to 14-9 with a marvelous 3.04 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 30 starts. The 26-year-old right-hander doesn't garner a ton of strikeouts but he keeps the ball in the yard. He has a 122:52 strikeout-to-walk ratio with 15 homers allowed in 165 2/3 innings.
Sep 22 - 10:36 PM

Nick Kingham will start for the Pirates Sunday against the Brewers.

The team announced Saturday that Joe Musgrove will be shut down for the rest of the year with abdominal discomfort, so Kingham will start in his place. Kingham pitched well in a spot start against the playoff-bound Braves earlier this month, but he hasn't pitched in any game situation since September 8 and it's hard to imagine a scenario where the juice is worth the squeeze in starting him against the hungry Brewers. If you're feeling bold, though, be our guest.
Sep 22 - 9:10 PM

Joe Musgrove won't pitch again in 2018 due to right side abdominal discomfort, the team announced Saturday.

Musgrove was recently diagnosed with a stress reaction on the front of his pelvic bone and an abdominal wall muscle strain, MLB.com's Adam Berry reported on Twitter, and so the 25-year-old's year comes to an abrupt end. Musgrove also began the year on the sidelines but pitched relatively well in between, going 6-9 with a 4.06 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 100/23 K/BB ratio across 19 starts. Musgrove should be on fantasy radars heading into the 2019 season, assuming the injury doesn't linger into next spring.
Sep 22 - 9:04 PM

Francisco Cervelli (illness) remains out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Saturday.

Cervelli was removed from Friday's game due to gastrointestinal discomfort and is still feeling under the weather. Jacob Stallings will start behind the dish and bat eighth against Zach Davies and the Brewers on Saturday.
Sep 22 - 3:29 PM

Corey Dickerson went 2-for-4 and belted a two-run home run during Friday's loss to the Brewers.

He smacked the longball off Jhoulys Chacin with Francisco Cervelli along for the ride in the fourth inning. The blow gave the Pirates a lead heading into a rain delay, but the Brewers flipped the script after the delay and cruised to victory. Dickerson has put up a fairly empty .296 batting average this year with 12 home runs and 53 RBI in 507 plate appearances. He hit 27 bombs last year with the Rays.
Sep 22 - 1:38 AM

Josh Bell went 2-for-4 and slugged a solo home run in a loss to the Brewers on Friday.

He cracked the dinger off Jhoulys Chacin in the first inning. The season has been a bit of a downer for Bell's fantasy owners as his power has taken a dive compared to last year. He batted .255 with 26 bombs and 90 RBI last year. He owns a .270 average this year with only 11 home runs and 60 RBI in 139 games.
Sep 22 - 1:28 AM

Ivan Nova held the Brewers to one run in 4 1/3 innings and came away without a decision on Friday.

He was rolling along until the game was halted by rain and he didn't come back out when they removed the tarp. He gave up a run on a Ryan Braun single in the fourth inning. He allowed three hits total and two walks while fanning two in the ballgame. His record holds at 9-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 28 starts.
Sep 22 - 1:23 AM

Edgar Santana was removed from Friday's game against the Brewers due to discomfort in his right elbow and forearm.

Santana faced just three batters on Friday, allowing a single to Christian Yelich, an RBI double to Jesus Aguilar and a two-run bomb to Travis Shaw. He then departed after consulting with the training staff. At this stage of the season, it would be surprising to see Santana pitch again this year, as the Pirates have no reason to rush him back into action.
Sep 21 - 11:53 PM


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