Player News - Pirates

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Joe Musgrove was fantastic in his long-awaited Pirates’ debut on Friday, tossing seven scoreless innings in an 8-1 victory over the Cardinals.

Musgrove’s season debut was delayed due to a shoulder issue from the spring, but he proved to be worth the wait on Friday. He scattered five hits while walking none and striking out seven. He was incredibly efficient in the process, throwing 50 out of his 67 pitches for strikes. According to STATS, he’s the first pitcher to throw at least seven innings on fewer than 70 pitches since Greg Maddux did it on September 18, 2008. Musgrove had the look of a fantasy sleeper after coming over to Pittsburgh in the Gerrit Cole deal and needs to be picked up in mixed leagues after this sort of outing.
May 25 - 10:06 PM

Francisco Cervelli had a bases-clearing double and a run scored in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

He went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch on the night. Cervelli has plated six runs over his last four games, bringing his total to 30 RBI for the year. He’s only 13 away from his career-high from 2015. Only Gary Sanchez (33 RBI going into Friday) has driven in more runs among catchers so far this season. He's been a nice surprise for fantasy owners.
May 25 - 10:04 PM

Austin Meadows went 2-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base, and two runs scored Friday against the Cardinals.

Meadows is now batting .448 (13-for-29) through his first seven games in the majors. He has three straight multi-hit games. Chances are he’ll head back to Triple-A with Starling Marte (oblique) poised to come off the disabled list, but he’s trying to make the decision a tough one. Either way, it has been an impressive start.
May 25 - 10:04 PM

Starling Marte (oblique) could be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

Marte will go through a full workout on Friday and if he gets through that with no setbacks and feels fine Saturday he might be activated. Austin Meadows is a candidate to be optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis even though he's played so well, as there wouldn't be an everyday role for him.
May 25 - 4:00 PM

Pirates activated RHP Joe Musgrove from the 10-day disabled list.

Musgrove will make his Pirates debut on Friday at home against the Cardinals after missing almost the first two months of the season with a shoulder issue. The right-hander came over from the Astros via trade this past offseason in the deal that sent Gerrit Cole to Houston.
May 25 - 3:58 PM

Pirates designated RHP George Kontos for assignment.

Kontos began the season in a setup role but has posted a 5.03 ERA with just nine strikeouts over 19 2/3 innings. He'll probably clear waivers given that he's making nearly $3 million.
May 25 - 3:54 PM

Starling Marte (oblique) took early batting practice on the field Friday.

It's the first time he's done any hitting since he landed on the disabled list over a week ago with a strained right oblique. Marte wouldn't seem to be too far off from game action, but with Austin Meadows playing so well the Pirates can afford to be cautious here.
May 25 - 3:18 PM

Ivan Nova lost after allowing five runs -- four earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Reds.

Nova's own error led to the unearned run. He gave up two homers today, bringing his season total to 10 surrendered in 11 starts. He's allowed 25 runs -- 20 earned -- in 23 2/3 innings this month, taking his ERA from 3.32 to 4.96.
May 24 - 3:44 PM

David Freese went 2-for-4 and hit his fourth homer of the year Thursday versus the Reds.

Freese's homer likely would have made a bigger difference in this one if not for his miscue earlier in the game, when he had a toss from Ivan Nova go off his glove at first base, loading the bases before Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam. The error went to Nova on the play, but it was a catch that Freese should have made. Freese is hitting a solid .260/.326/.466 in his part-time role this year.
May 24 - 3:41 PM

Austin Meadows went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer Thursday against the Reds.

Meadows seems to like the majors; he has three homers in six NL games after hitting one in 32 games in Triple-A this year and four in 72 games in Triple-A last year. Heh has the tools to continue hitting for power, though not quite at this rate. Still, as successful as he's been, it's hard to see how he's going to fit once Starling Marte returns from the disabled list.
May 24 - 3:36 PM

Pirates prospect Bryan Reynolds (hand) has begun playing in extended spring training games.

Reynolds required surgery in early April to remove the fractured hook of the hamate bone in his left hand. Once he's able to play back-to-back games, the Pirates will send him to Double-A Altoona. The 23-year-old outfielder was acquired from the Giants in January as part of the Andrew McCutchen trade.
May 24 - 10:54 AM

Gregory Polanco is getting the day off Thursday.

Adam Frazier will start in right field and bat second versus the Reds. Francisco Cervelli, Josh Bell, and Jordy Mercer are also out of Pittsburgh's lineup.
May 24 - 9:42 AM

Francisco Cervelli (hand, finger) is out of the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday versus the Reds.

Cervelli left Wednesday night's game in the 12th inning due to discomfort in his right hand and finger. This has been a lingering issue for the veteran catcher, but it doesn't sound overly serious. Elias Diaz is starting behind the plate and batting seventh Thursday afternoon against Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo.
May 24 - 9:41 AM

Enny Romero (shoulder) has begun playing catch on flat ground.

Romero is working out at the Pirates' spring training complex in Bradenton, Florida. The team attempted to designate him for assignment before his shoulder injury was revealed, so the 27-year-old left-hander might not have a spot in the major league bullpen when he's healthy.
May 24 - 8:36 AM

A.J. Schugel (shoulder) got a platelet-rich plasma injection this week.

Schugel was pulled off his minor league rehab assignment May 4 with renewed soreness in his injured right shoulder and he hasn't made much progress since. The 28-year-old right-hander has been out all season and there is no timetable for his return to the Pirates' bullpen.
May 24 - 8:35 AM


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