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30 Kyle Crick RP

Pittsburgh Pirates

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August 6, 2020 02:52 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Begins throwing program
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crick (shoulder) was cleared to resume a throwing program Wednesday, Adam Berry of reports.

Assuming he steers clear of any setbacks with his strained right shoulder/lat during his throwing program, Crick will likely need at least a week to ramp up before the Pirates consider activating him from the 10-day injured list. Crick is expected to fill a key late-inning role for the Pirates once he's healthy again, but he may not get a look in save situations if Keone Kela (COVID-19) beats him back from the IL.

August 2, 2020 02:16 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Making progress
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crick (shoulder) is feeling better and "doing work" at PNC Park, general manager Ben Cherington told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Despite the encouraging news, the team doesn't have clarity on when he might return to pitch. With the emergence of Nick Burdi and the improving health of Keone Kela, Crick will likely move back into an eighth-inning role whenever he's activated.

July 29, 2020 03:16 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Placed on injured list
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Crick was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right shoulder strain, Adam Berry of reports.

Crick's velocity was down to begin the season, and the injury designation could help provide a reason why. In two appearances to begin the season, the right-hander allowed four unearned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two over one inning. He'll be sidelined at least 10 days as he deals with the issue in his throwing shoulder. Geoff Hartlieb and Miguel Del Pozo were both recalled in corresponding moves.

July 22, 2020 09:52 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Unimpressive final preseason outing
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Crick gave up one run on two hits Wednesday against the Indians. He struck out three batters, Alex Stumpf of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

His velocity remains down. According to Stumpf, Crick's fastball averaged just 91 mph. The reliever, who surrendered a homer to Jose Ramirez, has done little to secure his spot as closer with Keone Kela (illness) sidelined. Manager Derek Shelton may simply decide to mix and match his high-leverage opportunities, depending on who's throwing well. Crick, Nick Burdi, Michael Feliz and Richard Rodriguez are all candidates for save opportunities in Kela's stead.

July 19, 2020 08:48 AM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Struggles against Tribe
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crick surrendered four earned runs on two hits and two walks while recording one out in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Cleveland.

Manager Derek Shelton tapped him to come into the game in the eighth inning instead of the ninth to protect a three-run lead. The righty had trouble throwing strikes and the velocity of his fastball was down a couple ticks. He's still the likely favorite to record saves in Keone Kela's absence, but Nick Burdi, who pitched the ninth, is gaining traction. Richard Rodriguez, who didn't pitch Saturday, is yet another option.

July 17, 2020 01:52 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: No set closer without Kela
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crick won't be named the fill-in closer as manager Derek Shelton said Friday he plans to mix and match in save opportunities if Keone Kela (undisclosed) is unavailable, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

Crick still figures to be atop the list of potential ninth-inning options, but Shelton doesn't plan on relying on a single arm. Kela has yet to report to camp and has no official timeline for his return, so it remains to be seen how many games he misses, if any. Crick recorded 17 holds and had a 2.39 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 2018, but he struggled last season with a 4.96 ERA in 52 outings. Richard Rodriguez and Nick Burdi could also factor into the mix if Kela remains sidelined.

July 13, 2020 12:12 AM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Makes camp debut Sunday
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Crick would likely become the frontrunner for the closer's role if Keone Kela (undisclosed) is unable to pitch, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Crick made his summer camp debut Sunday, allowing a walk and a double while striking out Josh Bell. Manager Derek Shelton said he was confident Kela wouldn't need many camp appearances to round into closer form, but his grip on the job continues to loosen with each passing day. Rich Rodriguez and Nick Burdi could also vie for saves, but Crick figures to get first crack.

March 1, 2020 10:52 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Makes spring debut Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 19, 2020 04:12 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Looks to rebound
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 13, 2020 12:16 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Back to full health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crick (finger) has been throwing without any restrictions during the first week of spring training, Adam Berry of 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.

September 13, 2019 04:32 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Lands on 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crick (finger) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday, Adam Berry of 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.

September 11, 2019 05:12 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Altercation ends season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crick underwent season-ending surgery on his right index finger Tuesday following an altercation with fellow reliever Felipe Vazquez, Hunter Homistek of 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.

August 24, 2019 02:04 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Returns from suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Crick returned to the active roster Friday after serving his three-game suspension, Adam Berry of 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.

August 20, 2019 02:48 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Begins three-game suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 19, 2019 07:04 AM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Suspension starting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 12, 2019 04:28 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Struggles in St. Louis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 2, 2019 11:48 AM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Blocked by Vazquez
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 1, 2019 03:52 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Given three-game suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 18, 2019 11:32 AM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Posts clean inning Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 13, 2019 01:12 PM
Pirates' Kyle Crick: Walks on wild side
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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vs Cincinnati 4.010 4.50046
vs LHB 21.200 3.3201224
vs RHB 27.100 6.2602337
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