Musgrove agreed to a one-year, $4.45 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
The Pirates' potential Opening Day starter heading into his age-28 season, Musgrove logged a 3.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 55:16 K:BB in 39.2 innings last season. His strikeout rate jumped from 21.9 percent in 2019 to 33.1 percent in 2020, and if those gains hold even a little, he could be in for a career year.
Musgrove (1-5) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in Saturday's win over Cleveland.
Musgrove was able to avoid a goose egg in the win column for 2020, turning in a spectacular final start of the season and retiring the last 13 batters he faced. He ended the season with a 3.86 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 55:16 K:BB.
Musgrove tossed six scoreless innings in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out 11. He did not factor in the decision.
The outing was by far Musgrove's best of the season. His 11 strikeouts brought his K:BB to 45:15 and the six scoreless frames lowered his ERA to 4.68 on the campaign. He was in line to pick up his first win when he exited with the Pirates leading 1-0 but had to settle for a no-decision after Yadier Molina's homer off Derek Holland gave St. Louis the lead. The 27-year-old will have one more chance to get a victory when he toes the rubber Saturday in Cleveland.
Musgrove (0-5) took the loss Tuesday in Cincinnati after allowing four runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk over five innings.
The 27-year-old ran into most of his trouble during the first inning as he loaded the bases before recording an out, and the Reds pushed across three runs via a hit by pitch, a sacrifice fly and a single. Musgrove has a 5.74 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 34:14 K:BB across 26.2 innings and is on track to face the Cardinals on Sunday.
Musgrove allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five across four scoreless innings Tuesday against the White Sox. He did not factor into the decision.
Musgrove was in control throughout his start, as he allowed only one extra-base hit. He also racked up nine swinging strikes on 64 total pitches. The only downside to the start was that it appears the Pirates will be careful with his workload after Musgrove missed nearly a month with a triceps injury. In a pair of outings since returning, Musgrove has allowed two earned runs across seven innings while punching out nine and walking none. He'll take his next turn through the rotation Monday at Cincinnati.
Musgrove (0-4) allowed two earned runs on three hits and no walks while striking out four across three innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Cubs.
Musgrove was making his first start since Aug. 4, and was limited to just 46 pitches. He fared well through three innings, racking up four strikeouts while also generating five ground ball outs. Musgrove came back out to start the fifth inning but surrendered a single and double prior to being yanked. Nick Tropeano came in and promptly surrendered a three-run homer, charging Musgrove with two earned runs in the process. Musgrove will look to build on this effort in his next outing, currently projected to come Tuesday against the White Sox.
Musgrove (triceps) was activated as expected ahead of his scheduled start against the Cubs on Wednesday.
Musgrove has missed nearly a month with triceps inflammation. He threw just two innings in a simulated game late last week, so he's unlikely to go too deep into the game Wednesday. Carson Fulmer was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Musgrove (triceps) will be activated off the 10-day injured list to start Wednesday against the Cubs, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The 27-year-old advanced to throwing simulated games at the alternate training site last week and is now ready to rejoin the Pirates after spending three weeks on the injured list. Musgrove only pitched a few innings in his recent sim game and is unlikely to be fully stretched out Wednesday, so he may have a tough time reaching the necessary five innings to qualify for a victory.
Musgrove (triceps) will throw a simulated game at the alternate site later this week, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
He will throw two simulated innings at some point in the next couple days in Altoona. This will mark another important checkpoint for Musgrove, who had already been throwing bullpen sessions. It is unclear when he will return to the rotation, but considering he will only throw a couple simulated innings, it seems likely he will throw at least one more simulated game before returning to the big-league rotation.
Pirates manager Derek Shelton said Musgrove (triceps) is slated to throw a bullpen session Monday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Musgrove threw off a mound earlier during the Pirates' homestand, so he'll presumably increase his pitch count and/or the intensity of his side session Monday. Since Musgrove will likely need to face hitters in live batting practice or a simulated game before the Pirates activate him from the injured list, he may not be on track to re-enter the Pittsburgh rotation until next week.
Musgrove (triceps) is making good progress and is expected to throw off a mound soon, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Musgrove hasn't pitched in over two weeks, first with a sore ankle and then with triceps inflammation. While the latest reports about his progress are quite positive, it remains unclear exactly when he'll return from the injured list.
Musgrove (triceps) is expected to play catch over the weekend, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
The righty missed a start due to an ankle injury before heading to the IL with inflammation in his right triceps. Musgrove struggled in three starts prior to getting hurt, compiling a 6.75 ERA with 11 walks in 14.2 innings. The Pirates will likely have a better idea of where Musgrove stands after he throws in the coming days.
Musgrove was placed on the 10-day injured list with right triceps inflammation Tuesday.
It was a sore ankle that caused Musgrove to be scratched from his previous start, but he'll now hit the injured list with an entirely different injury. It's not yet clear how much time he's expected to miss, but a triceps issue is a greater worry for a pitcher than a sore ankle would be. Trevor Williams will take what would have been Musgrove's scheduled start Thursday against Cincinnati.
Musgrove was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Tigers with a sore ankle, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The severity of the issue is not yet clear, but it will cost Musgrove at least one start. Steven Brault will take the hill in his place. Musgrove struggled in his previous start Tuesday against the Brewers, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings while walking five batters, though it's unknown whether or not he was battling the issue at that time.
Musgrove (0-3) took the loss Tuesday in Minnesota after allowing five runs on six hits across 3.1 innings. He had two strikeouts and five walks.
The 27-year-old was solid in his first two starts of the season with three runs allowed over 5.2 innings both times out, but he didn't find much success against the Twins. Walks have been a significant issue so far for Musgrove, as he's issued 11 free passes through 14.2 innings, and the five walks Tuesday tied a single-game career high. The right-hander will have a more favorable matchup next time on the mound Sunday versus the Tigers.
Musgrove (0-1) gave up three earned runs on four hits (including two homers) and three walks in 5.2 innings Wednesday. He struck out eight in a 3-0 loss to Milwaukee.
He's been tagged for four home runs in two starts after yielding 21 homers in 32 games last season. The righty has also walked three batters in both starts, something he did only three times in 2019. Still, he's pitched well but as the team's designated No. 1 starter, he's faced tough opposing starters in Jack Flaherty and Brandon Woodruff.
Musgrove allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings Friday. He gave up five hits and three walks while striking out seven St. Louis batters.
The righty, who threw 99 pitches (61 for strikes), was hurt by a pair of leadoff home runs. Interestingly, manager Derek Shelton said during his post-game media conference on AT&T SportsNet that he removed Musgrove because he was tiring, not because of his pitch count.
Musgrove was named the Pirates' Opening Day starter by manager Derek Shelton on Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The announcement is hardly a surprise, but the right-hander is now officially set to face the Cardinals in the season opener next Friday. Musgrove had a 4.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 157:39 K:BB over 170.1 innings last year, though he had a strong finish with a 3.74 ERA across his final eight starts.
Musgrove struck out seven batters in five innings during Monday's summer camp intrasquad game, allowing a first-inning homer to Josh Bell, Adam Berry of MLB.com.com reports.
The team's likely Opening Day starter mixed his pitches to keep hitters off balance. "One thing that really stood out to me was his ability to use all his pitches," manager Derek Shelton noted. "His feel on his pitches tonight was about as close to being ready for the season, I think, as you can see out of a guy." Musgrove pitched well in his final eight starts of 2019, compiling a 3.74 ERA before going on the IL with an abdominal injury that led to offseason surgery.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/26||@ CLE||W 8-0||1||7.0||3||0||1||10|
|09/20||vs STL||L 1-2||6.0||3||0||1||11|
|09/15||@ CIN||L 1-4||1||5.0||6||4||1||8|
|09/08||vs CHW||W 5-4||4.0||3||0||2||5|
|09/02||vs CHC||L 2-8||1||3.0||3||2||0||4|
|08/04||@ MIN||L 3-7||1||3.1||6||5||5||2|
|07/29||vs MIL||L 0-3||1||5.2||4||3||3||8|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||R-Gcl Blue Jays||21.0||8||7||0||0||1||0||16||4||17||4.71||1.000|
|2011||R-Bluefield Blue Jays||3.0||1||0||0||1||0||0||2||1||2||0.00||1.000|
|2012||R-Bluefield Blue Jays||8.0||2||1||0||0||0||0||9||0||5||1.12||0.625|
|2015||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||25.2||5||3||0||4||1||0||23||1||22||0.71||0.913|
|2015||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||45.0||8||7||0||4||0||1||33||6||35||2.20||0.911|
|2016||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||26.1||6||4||0||2||1||0||30||3||19||0.34||0.843|