Crick pitched a scoreless inning against Toronto on Sunday, marking his first outing since breaking his right index finger in an altercation last September.
The righty is expected to serve as closer Keone Kela's primary setup man at the start of the 2020 season. Despite a dreadful showing last year, Crick has closer stuff and feels his poor campaign can be attributed to his tipping of pitches. With Kela eligible for free agency in 2021, it's conceivable the team trades him and gives Crick a shot at closing sometime this summer.
Crick believes he pitched with poor results in 2019 because he was tipping his pitches, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
"Whenever I was throwing a heater, I'd look down," Crick recalled. "Whenever I was throwing a slider, I never looked down. You plaster the fastball and the slider side by side, and it's bad." He compiled a 4.96 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 61:35 K:BB in 49 innings, registering 13 holds but with six blown saves and no saves. He also spent time on the IL with right triceps tightness, served a three-game suspension after a team fight against the Reds and missed the final three weeks with a fractured right index finger following an altercation with then-closer Felipe Vazquez. Throughout the season, Crick struggled with his control. His 6.4 BB/9 ranked sixth-worst among pitchers with at least 40 innings. If he can find better control, then the righty could work high-leverage situations. He slots behind current closer Keone Kela, who holds a checkered health history. Crick posted a 2.39 ERA with 16 holds and 65:23 K:BB in 60.1 innings in 2018.
Crick (finger) has been throwing without any restrictions during the first week of spring training, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Crick's 2019 season came to an end in dubious fashion Sept. 9, as he injured his right index finger during an altercation with teammate Felipe Vazquez and required surgery a day later. As expected, the long offseason provided Crick with plenty of recovery time, so he won't face any limitations in camp as he attempts to claim one of the top setup roles in front of closer Keone Kela.
Crick (finger) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Crick was already ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery on his right index finger, an injury he sustained Monday during an altercation with teammate Felipe Vazquez. The move creates an opening on the 40-man roster for Williams Jerez, who was claimed off waivers Friday.
Crick underwent season-ending surgery on his right index finger Tuesday following an altercation with fellow reliever Felipe Vazquez, Hunter Homistek of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
The two pitchers were reportedly involved in a fight prior to Monday's game in San Francisco. Crick, who underwent extensor tendon repair surgery on his right hand, is expected to be ready for spring training. He finishes the season with a 4.96 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 61:35 K:BB in 49 innings.
Crick returned to the active roster Friday after serving his three-game suspension, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
After initially appealing the suspension, Crick ultimately served the three-game ban for his role in a benches-clearing brawl with the Reds last month. Crick leads the Pirates in holds this season with 12 and has the second-highest average leverage index in the bullpen behind closer Felipe Vazquez. He will likely continue to serve as one of the team's top setup options, despite some second-half struggles.
The Pirates placed Crick on Major League Baseball's suspended list. He'll begin serving his three-game ban Tuesday against the Nationals.
Crick's suspension stems from his role in a benches-clearing brawl between the Pirates and Reds that occurred back on July 30. The right-hander initially appealed the decision, but he merely did so to afford the Pirates some extra roster flexibility while other players served their own suspensions in connection with the incident. Outfielder Jose Osuna concluded his five-game ban Monday, so the Pirates won't be forced to play two men down while Crick is inactive.
Crick will begin his three-game suspension Tuesday against Washington, 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh reports.
General manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that the reliever will miss three home games against the Nationals, starting Tuesday. Crick was involved in a benches-clearing brawl against the Reds in late July. The right-hander has struggled since July 7, allowing 15 runs (13 earned) in 13.2 innings. A lack of control has haunted Crick; his walk rate has increased from 9 percent in 2018 to 15.8 percent in 2019.
Crick (3-7) surrendered five earned runs while recording only two outs in Sunday's 11-9 loss to St. Louis. He hit two batters and allowed three hits, including a grand slam.
Prior to Sunday, he had shown signs of improvement, registering a 2.25 ERA in his last eight outings (with only two walks). After hitting consecutive batters with two outs, however, Crick then surrendered a grand slam to Lane Thomas. Control issues continue to haunt the right-hander. He's issued 32 walks and seven HBP in 42.2 innings, taking a major step back from 2018. Crick has compiled a 2.35 ERA and 65:23 K:BB in 60.1 innings last season.
Crick will remain in his role as a set-up man following the team's decision to retain closer Felipe Vazquez at the trade deadline.
Crick recently pitched through a disastrous stretch that included a 6.91 ERA and 20 walks in 14.1 innings, but he's since strung four straight scoreless outings, walking just one batter. Still, much of his value is tied to Vazquez as a closer handcuff and the odds of him receiving saves opportunities greatly diminished when the team decided to stand pat. Crick has recorded 12 holds and zero saves thus far in 2019.
Crick was suspended three games for his role in Tuesday's benches-clearing fight with the Reds, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports.
Three players from each team -- along with both managers -- were suspended. Crick is appealing the suspension and will be eligible to pitch until the issue is resolved.
Crick hurled a scoreless inning against the Cardinals on Wednesday, striking out one batter in a 6-5 loss.
He faced the minimum number of batters for the first time since June 2 (a span of 14 outings) and didn't walk at least one batter for the third time in 17 appearances. The righty remains the likely closer-in-waiting behind Felipe Vazquez. Crick has registered a 3.78 ERA in 33.1 innings, but a 41:28 K:BB has bumped his WHIP to 1.56.
Crick (3-5) took the loss Friday against the Cubs, allowing one run on one hit and two walks in one inning. He struck out one batter.
A lack of control continues to plague Crick. In 31.2 innings, he's posted a 7.7 BB/9 and has allowed more walks (27) than hits (22). The righty has also given up at least one earned run in six of his last 12 outings after posting 20 of 21 scoreless appearances to start the 2019 campaign. While Crick remains the obvious choice to close in the event of a Felipe Vazquez trade, the team could move in another direction if he continues to struggle with his control.
Crick allowed one hit and two walks in a scoreless eighth inning of a 2-1 win over San Diego on Friday. He also struck out one batter en route to securing his 11th hold.
The righty has given up only 15 hits in 26 innings but has walked 19 batters. Crick's WHIP has jumped from 1.13 in 2018 to 1.34 this year due to a 17 percent walk rate. His 2.77 ERA is similar to last year's 2.39, even after he's allowed earned runs in three of his last six outings. He remains the closer handcuff to Felipe Vazquez, though Crick has been credited with four blown saves without recording a save. Crick's stuff is so electric that he enjoys a higher margin for error than do other relievers, but a lower walk rate would help improve his odds as a setup man or closer.
Crick allowed two hits in a scoreless inning against the Rockies on Thursday. He struck out one batter.
The reliever has registered a hold in six straight appearances and in nine of 10 May outings. Crick, who lowered his ERA to 2.35 in 15.1 innings Thursday, has compiled 16 shutout outings in 17 appearances in 2019. He's probably the best handcuff to closer Felipe Vazquez, given Keone Kela's current IL stint and inconsistencies when active.
The Pirates activated Crick (triceps) from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Pittsburgh optioned infielder Kevin Kramer to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear room for Crick on the active roster after the reliever received the green light to return following a successful bullpen session over the weekend. Crick had been penciled in for a key setup role with Pittsburgh prior to getting hurt and could reclaim a prominent gig immediately with both Keone Kela and Richard Rodriguez enduring bumpy starts to the campaign.
Crick (triceps) was throwing in the bullpen prior to Sunday's game against the Nationals, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Crick is already eligible to return from the 10-day injured list and will likely be activated Tuesday if his bullpen session goes according to plan. The 26-year-old tossed two scoreless innings over his two appearances before landing on the IL with right triceps soreness.
Crick (triceps) played catch from flat ground Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Everything went off without a hitch for the southpaw, who has been on the shelf for less than a week with right triceps tightness. Crick remains confident his stay on the injured list will be a brief one.
Crick (triceps) believes that he will "absolutely" have a short stint on the 10-day injured list, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old right-hander experienced some tightness following Wednesday's appearance and felt the same issue again Friday, but he isn't overly concerned about missing significant time. At this point, it appears that he could return from the shelf after missing the minimum 10 days.
Crick was placed on the 10-day injured list with right triceps tightness Friday.
Crick has made a pair of scoreless appearances so far this season, striking out out three batters without allowing a baserunner. It's unclear how long he's expected to be out. Outfielder Jason Martin was recalled to take his place on the roster.
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