Vazquez (illness) struck out one in a perfect inning during Saturday's spring game against the Twins. As expected, Vazquez relieved Clay Holmes to start the fourth inning and recorded a pair of groundouts in addition to the strikeout. He hit 99 mph with his fastball. The 27-year-old was scratched from Tuesday's scheduled appearance due to an upper-respiratory infection, but his quick return keeps him locked in as the Pirates' closer for the start of the regular season.
Vazquez (illness) is slated to enter Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins after starter Clay Holmes departs, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Vazquez will likely cover an inning after an upper-respiratory infection prevented him from making his last scheduled spring appearance Tuesday versus the Orioles. The lefty is apparently feeling healthy again after a few days off to recuperate and should be locked in as the ninth-inning man once the regular season arrives.
Vazquez (illness) is expected to pitch during Saturday's spring game against the Twins, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. Vazquez has been day-to-day since he was unable to make his scheduled appearance Tuesday due to an upper-respiratory infection. Given the minimal absence for the 27-year-old, his status for Opening Day shouldn't be impacted.
Vazquez won't make his scheduled appearance Tuesday against the Orioles due to an upper-respiratory infection, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Vazquez is considered day-to-day. Barring setbacks, he'll have more than enough time to get up to speed by Opening Day and shouldn't have any threats to his closer job.
Vazquez made his Grapefruit League debut Saturday, striking out two batters in a perfect fourth inning against the Yankees. He struggled during spring training last year but had no such trouble Saturday. His 2018 peripherals (2.70 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) worsened from 2017 (1.67 ERA, 0.89 WHIP), but he remains secure in his position as Pittsburgh's closer. The team did add Keone Kela at the trade deadline last year, but Kela figures to serve as a setup man. Kela saved 24 games for Texas in 2018 and could give Vazquez the occasional day off.