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Pirates' Dustin Fowler: Reinstated from injured list
Fowler (undisclosed) was reinstated from the 7-day minor-league injured list Thursday, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports
Fowler landed on the injured list with an unspecified injury June 8, but he's appeared in five rehab games since late July. During his stint with the Pirates' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate, he went 3-for-15 with a home run, a triple, two runs and two RBI. He'll now return to game action at Triple-A Indianapolis for the first time since May 25.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Back from IL
Double-A Altoona reinstated Smith-Njigba (undisclosed) from the 7-day injured list Thursday, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
Smith-Njigba was sidelined for about a week and a half with the injury. The 22-year-old outfielder, who was part of the prospect haul the Pirates acquired in January in the trade that sent Jameson Taillon to the Yankees, is hitting .282 with six home runs and a 13-for-14 success rate on stolen-base attempts over 248 plate appearances this season at Double-A.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ben Gamel: Dealing with hamstring tightness
Gamel was removed from Thursday's lineup against the Reds due to hamstring tightness, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
The severity of Gamel's injury isn't yet clear, but he'll be out of the lineup for at least one game as a result. Since the 29-year-old hasn't dealt with the issue recently, he should be considered day-to-day for now.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ben Gamel: Scratched from lineup
Gamel was scratched from Thursday's lineup against Cincinnati for an unspecified reason.
The Pirates haven't indicated whether the 29-year-old's removal from the lineup was due to an injury, but Hoy Park will move to left field while Wilmer Difo starts at second base. Whether Gamel is available off the bench remains to be seen.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Rodolfo Castro: Retreats to bench
Castro isn't starting Thursday's game against the Reds.
Castro has gone 0-for-8 with a walk and five strikeouts across the last two games, and he'll get a chance to reset in Thursday's series opener. Hoy Park will start at the keystone and lead off.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Matt Fraizer: Set to join Curve
The Pirates promoted Fraizer to Double-A Altoona on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old might not be listed atop prospect lists, but he leads the High-A East in hits (95), walks (43), runs (64), home runs (20) and batting average (.314). He's also stolen 14 bases. Fraizer joins a crowded Altoona outfield, so he'll need to continue producing to see steady playing time, especially considering his advanced age.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Nick Gonzales: Big night at plate
Gonzales went 2-for-4 with a double and his seventh homer Wednesday for High-A Greensboro.
After enduring a 5-for-57 stretch, Gonzales has collected 24 hits in his last 65 at-bats. The second baseman has some pronounced splits thus far: he's slashing .300/.364/.620 with seven homers at home and .232/.315/.280 with no home runs on the road. After compiling an 89:79 BB:K in college, Gonzales has put up a 17:61 BB:K, something to watch as he moves through the professional ranks. Still, if he continues to hit at Greensboro then it wouldn't be surprising to see the 22-year-old promoted to Double-A prior to season's end.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Bryan Reynolds: On base four times in loss
Reynolds went 2-for-2 with a triple, two walks and two runs scored in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Milwaukee.
The star outfielder was able to reach each time he got on base, and he scored on a Jacob Stallings double and a John Nogowski sacrifice fly. This was just the second multi-hit effort for Reynolds in his last nine games, as he's cooled off a bit with a .267 batting average in that span. He's still slashing a hearty .308/.391/.523 through 440 plate appearances overall.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Kyle Keller: Charged with loss Wednesday
Keller (0-1) took the loss Wednesday versus Milwaukee. He allowed two runs on a hit and a walk with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning.
Keller got two outs quickly in the seventh inning, but he allowed the next two batters to reach base on a single and a walk. Chasen Shreve was brought on to face pinch hitter Rowdy Tellez, but Shreve allowed a three-run home run, and the two runs charged to Keller were enough to stick him with the loss. The 28-year-old right-hander continues to produce inconsistent results in a low-leverage role. He has a 7.07 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 17:11 K:BB through 14 innings this year.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Steven Brault: Lasts four innings in return
Brault (lat) allowed a run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in four innings versus Milwaukee on Wednesday. He did not factor in the decision.
Making his season debut, Brault was able to perform reasonably well while on a workload limit. The only blemish on his line came on Eduardo Escobar's third-inning RBI single. Brault threw 46 of his 75 pitches for strikes after not throwing more than 70 pitches in his three rehab appearances. The southpaw had his best season in 2020, posting a 3.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 38:22 K:BB across 42.2 innings in 11 outings (10 starts). He's projected to make his next start versus St. Louis next week.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Shea Spitzbarth: Returns to Triple-A
The Pirates optioned Spitzbarth to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
The righty pitched 1.1 scoreless innings Tuesday in his major-league debut. It remains to be seen whether Spitzbarth will get further opportunities with the Pirates. Anthony Banda was added to the active roster in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Ke'Bryan Hayes: On bench Wednesday
Hayes isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
Hayes is in the midst of a slump in which he's gone 0-for-13 with a run and a strikeout across his last three appearances, and he'll be out of the lineup for the second time in the last four games. Rodolfo Castro will shift to the hot corner while Wilmer Difo takes over at second base.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Gregory Polanco: Not starting Wednesday
Polanco isn't starting Wednesday's game against Milwaukee, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
Polanco reached base four times Tuesday when he went 2-for-3 with two runs, two stolen bases, an RBI, two walks and a strikeout in the win over the Brewers. He'll get a breather while Hoy Park starts in right field and leads off in Wednesday's series finale.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Bryse Wilson: Receiving another start Sunday
Wilson is scheduled to make his next start with the Pirates on Sunday in Cincinnati, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
After being acquired from Atlanta ahead of the trade deadline last Friday, Wilson immediately slotted into the Pittsburgh rotation. He made his team debut Monday, working five innings while giving up a run on two hits and two walks en route to taking a loss to the Brewers. The outing was good enough for Wilson to earn a second turn through the rotation, but his weak peripherals over 38.2 big-league innings this season (5.49 FIP, 5.3 K-BB%, 1.63 HR/9) suggest fantasy managers can't put much trust in him.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Carmen Mlodzinski: Closing in on sim games
Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Mlodzinski (shoulder) has resumed his throwing program and is close to facing live hitters in batting practice and simulated games, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
The 22-year-old right-hander has been out of action at High-A Greensboro since June 10 with a right shoulder injury. He appears to be trending well in his recovery, but he'll still have a few more hurdles to clear before Greensboro activates him from the 7-day injured list. Assuming he avoids any further setbacks, Mlodzinski could slot back into the Greensboro rotation as early as the second half of August.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Chase De Jong: Transferred to 60-day IL
De Jong (knee) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Jake Crouse of MLB.com reports.
De Jong underwent season-ending surgery on the cartilage in his left knee last week, so his move to the 60-day IL is simply procedural. The transaction will make room on the 40-man roster for Steven Brault (lat), who was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Max Kranick: Optioned to Triple-A
Kranick was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Jake Crouse of MLB.com
Kranick made two starts in his most recent major-league stint, and he allowed nine runs on 15 hits and four walks while striking out seven in nine innings. The right-hander will attempt to sort things out in the minors after Steven Brault (lat) was reinstated from the 60-day IL on Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' Sam Howard: Beginning mound work
Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Howard (oblique) has started slope and mound progression as he works his way through a throwing program, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
Howard incurred no setbacks with his right oblique strain while increasing his throwing distance off flat ground over the past couple weeks, so he'll take the next step forward in his rehab process. Once Howard completes a few higher-intensity bullpen sessions featuring his full arsenal, he'll then advance to facing hitters in live batting practice or simulated games before heading out on a rehab assignment. The lefty reliever appears unlikely to come off the 10-day injured list until the second half of August.... See More ... See Less
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