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NL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
24-14 5-5 W1
20-16 4-6 W1
15-20 6-4 W4
15-21 4-6 L2
10-26 6-4 W1

2022 Pitching

Earned Run Average
Base on Balls (Walk)
Walks and Hits Allowed Per Inning
Regular Season 0 0 13.50 4 0 2.50

Top Duane Underwood News

  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Mixed results in return

    Underwood allowed two earned runs on four hits and struck out four across two innings Thursday against the Reds.

    Underwood made his return from a hamstring injury that had sidelined him since Opening Day and handled the eighth and ninth innings with the Pirates facing a deficit. He allowed two runs in his first frame of work, allowing two singles and a double. However, he punched out three of the last five batters he faced to end his outing positively. Underwood may not immediately factor into high-leverage scenarios, but he should be a candidate to pick up holds later in the season.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Returns from injured list

    Underwood (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Thursday.

    Underwood has been sidelined since experiencing hamstring discomfort in the season opener, but he'll rejoin the active roster ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Reds. He had a 4.33 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 65:27 K:BB across 72.2 innings for the Buccos last year.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Appears with Altoona

    Underwood (hamstring) allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two across a scoreless inning during a rehab appearance with Double-A Altoona on Tuesday.

    Underwood also threw two scoreless innings with Triple-A Indianapolis on May 7, but his rehab assignment was transferred to Altoona given the geographic proximity to Pittsburgh. In total, he's thrown 4.2 innings while working back from the hamstring issue and will likely be activated from the injured list in the coming days. Underwood figures to occupy a high-leverage role in the Pirates' bullpen, but he won't be in the mix for saves without a number of injuries ahead of him.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Rehab headed to Triple-A

    Underwood (hamstring) is scheduled to join Triple-A Indianapolis over the weekend to continue his rehab assignment, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Underwood has made two appearances with Single-A Bradenton, walking two with no strikeouts across 1.2 innings. He's been sidelined since Opening Day, so he's understandably showing some rust. He'll likely need a few more rehab appearances but is scheduled to be evaluated for a potential return Monday.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Begins rehab assignment

    Underwood (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment Friday with Low-A Bradenton, Kevin Gorman of reports.

    With Pittsburgh sending Underwood to the lower levels, it would seem he will need several appearances before potentially being activated. Once healthy, he could earn a high-leverage role in the bullpen.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Ready to face hitters

    Underwood (hamstring) threw a side session Monday and is expected to join the Pirates for their weekend road trip in Chicago to face hitters in live batting practice, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Pitching in the live batting practice will likely be the final hurdle Underwood needs to clear in his recovery from a sore right hamstring before the Pirates send him out on a minor-league rehab assignment. As a reliever, Underwood won't require much ramp-up time, so he could be ready to return from the 10-day injured list before the end of April or in the first week of May.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Feeling better recently

    Underwood (hamstring) threw Thursday and has been feeling better recently, Alex Stumpf of reports.

    Underwood dealt with hamstring discomfort following the season opener last week, but he's optimistic that he won't require a lengthy stint on the injured list. Once the right-hander is cleared to return, he should pitch mainly in low-leverage situations.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Heading to injured list

    Underwood (hamstring) landed on the 10-day injured list Friday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Underwood (hamstring) left Thursday's season opener against the Cardinals with hamstring discomfort, an issue evidently serious enough to keep him out for at least 10 days. Roansy Contreras was called up to take his place on the roster.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Dealing with hamstring discomfort

    Underwood was removed from Thursday's game against the Cardinals due to right hamstring discomfort, Justice delos Santos of reports.

    Underwood entered Thursday's Opening Day matchup in the bottom of the sixth inning, but he was removed after allowing a run while failing to record an out with 10 pitches. It's not yet clear whether the right-hander's injury will force him to miss additional time, but he'll be able to rest during Friday's scheduled off day.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Making third spring appearance

    Underwood (shoulder) is scheduled to make his third relief appearance of spring training in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

    Underwood reported to Pirates camp at full health after a bout with right shoulder inflammation sidelined him for the final month of the 2021 campaign. He's been effective in both of his first two Grapefruit League appearances, spinning three scoreless frames while striking out three and allowing only two baserunners. Underwood looks well positioned to win a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Done for season

    Underwood (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday, Alex Stumpf of reports.

    The move confirms that Underwood's shoulder inflammation will shut him down for the season, as he was just placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday and there are far fewer than 60 days remaining in the campaign. It clears a spot for the Pirates to add Connor Overton to the 40-man roster after he was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Lands on injured list

    Underwood was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with right shoulder inflammation, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

    Underwood was pulled from Saturday's loss to the Cubs with shoulder discomfort, and he'll be sidelined for at least the next 10 days. JT Brubaker (shoulder) was also placed on the IL, while Kyle Keller and Shea Spitzbarth were recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis in corresponding moves.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Managing shoulder injury

    Underwood exited Saturday's loss to the Cubs with right shoulder discomfort, Alex Stumpf of reports.

    Underwood allowed a solo home run in the fifth inning and returned to the mound in the sixth, but he was removed from the game after issuing a walk. He'll presumably be evaluated in the coming days to determine the extent of his shoulder injury.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Charged with loss

    Underwood (2-3) took the loss versus Arizona on Wednesday. He allowed two runs on three hits and struck out one in one inning.

    Underwood was taken deep back-to-back by Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho, and that was enough to stick the right-hander with the loss. Wednesday was the first time in 31 appearances Underwood allowed multiple homers. He's posted a 5.02 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 48:19 K:BB through 52 innings, but nine of the 29 earned runs he's allowed have come in his last three outings.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Activated from IL

    The Pirates reinstated Underwood from the 10-day injured list Sunday.

    The righty missed the minimum amount of time after landing on the injured list July 9 with side soreness. Underwood has a 4.86 ERA in 50 innings this year, but he had a 3.67 ERA before allowing a seven-run inning in his most recent appearance. Nick Mears was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Out with side issue

    Underwood hit the 10-day injured list with right side discomfort Friday, Jake Crouse of reports.

    The move was made retroactive to Thursday, so Underwood will be eligible to return July 18. It's not yet clear if the Pirates expect him to do so. Austin Davis was recalled in a corresponding move.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Picks up win Friday

    Underwood (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out four to earn the win versus Miami.

    Starter Mitch Keller left the game with a heat illness, and Underwood was the first reliever to enter. He did well in relief, and Pittsburgh pulled ahead on his watch, which put him in line for the win. The right-hander has a 3.93 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 34:12 K:BB across 34.1 innings this year. He's added one hold, but Underwood has taken on a bulk relief role lately -- five of his last seven outings have spanned multiple innings.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Gives up two runs in relief

    Underwood (1-1) was tagged with the loss in relief Wednesday against the Padres after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and a strikeout across one inning.

    Underwood pitched the sixth inning but he did himself no favors by putting the first two men he faced on before recording an out. He limited the damage to two runs, yet that was more than enough for him to get tagged with his first loss of the campaign. Underwood owns a 3.94 ERA across 12 appearances, but the fact that he has given up two or more runs in two of his last three outings is somewhat concerning.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Hurls perfect inning Thursday

    Underwood struck out the side in a perfect fourth inning during Thursday's 5-3 win over the Cubs.

    Underwood holds a career 7.9 K/9 while working predominantly as a starter in the minors, but his pitches have played up as a reliever in the big leagues and he has a 11/1 K/9 in 37.1 MLB innings following Thursday's appearance. Pittsburgh currently envisions using Underwood as a multi-inning reliever. Acquired from the Cubs in early March, the 26-year-old could get a look as a starter if he continues to pitch well given the uncertainty in the Pirates' rotation.

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  • Pirates' Duane Underwood: Shipped to Pittsburgh

    Underwood was acquired by the Pirates from the Cubs on Sunday in exchange for prospect Shendrik Apostel.

    The right-hander was designated for assignment by the Cubs last week and will get a fresh start in the NL Central with the Pirates. Underwood appeared in 17 games last season and had a 5.66 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 27:6 K:BB over 20.2 innings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Raleigh, NC
Age: 27
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R