Musgrove (shoulder) pitched poorly Friday but apparently made it through his outing without encountering any additional injury issues, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. Musgrove felt a pinching in his right shoulder following his previous outing. The righty surrendered seven earned runs (including two homers) while recording just two outs Friday on a day in which the wind was a significant factor -- the game featured a total of 11 home runs. "My execution wasn't very good," Musgrove said. "It's good to get stuff like this out of the way in spring. I felt good today, but the execution wasn't there." After throwing 37 pitches before getting the hook against the Blue Jays, he threw an additional pair of simulated innings to get his work in.
Musgrove (shoulder) is slated to pitch in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Musgrove admitted after his second outing of the spring over the weekend that he's been feeling some discomfort in his right shoulder, but the issue doesn't look like it'll result in his pitching schedule being altered at all. Though he won't start Friday, Musgrove is on track to cover at least an inning or two behind Chris Archer (neck).
Musgrove, who has been bothered by "pinching" in his right shoulder this spring, gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in three innings against Toronto on Sunday. He struck out a pair of batters. The righty has been concerned with the injury because the discomfort has lingered. While the issue cleared up Sunday, it will be interesting to see if he continues to make his regularly scheduled outings the rest of spring training. The Pirates are counting on him to serve at the top of their rotation.
Musgrove hurled two hitless innings in his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday. He plunked one batter while striking one out, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. He threw 18 of 25 pitches for strikes and went to his curveball with increased frequency. Musgrove, who threw his curve at a nine percent clip in 2019, would like to increase his usage by as much as 10 percent. Since his high fastball travels the same trajectory a good portion of the way to the plate, the curve would help to keep hitters off-balance. The righty is set to serve at the top of Pittsburgh's rotation, along with Chris Archer.
Musgrove agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the Pirates, avoiding arbitration, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. This is his first of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. Despite his modest salary, Musgrove enters the year as one of the rebuilding Pirates' most established players.
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