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Pirates 7, Red Sox 5

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In case you missed it earlier, here is information on Joe Beimel, who did not pitch on Sunday after feeling some tightness in his left elbow. This isn’t a good thing, considering we’re less than two weeks away from Opening Day.

Beimel has only made two appearances so far, and he’s going to miss at least a little bit of time right now. This setback could make the addition of Garrett Olsen that much more important, as he gives the Pirates another potential left-handed reliever option.

General manager Neal Huntington did reiterate after Saturday’s game that the acquisition of Olsen was independent of anything wrong with Beimel. The fact that Beimel first started feeling the tightness on Saturday and then said it increased overnight supports that assertion.

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Hurdle confirmed that either Paul Maholm or Kevin Correia will be the team’s Opening Day starter in Chicago. An announcement on the choice will come sometime after Maholm pitches on Monday.

“We’re getting closer,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’ve categorized all the numbers. We have all the information we need. With us, it’s not so much our No. 1; it’s our best way to set up the rotation as we move forward. We’re still considering some things.”

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Correia threw about 80 pitches in his five-inning start on Saturday. He worked his way out of a first-and-third, nobody-out jam in the first thanks, in part, to a great double play started by Neil Walker.

That allowed Correia to settle in.

“It’s a big pick up,” Correia said of getting out of trouble. “To get that kind of rejuvenates you and wakes you up and gets you going.”

He gave up three runs (two earned) in the fifth, but had minimal trouble in between. Correia’s curveball wasn’t as sharp as it has been at times this spring, but he did have a pretty effective slider working.

“I thought he overthrew early, settled down and got in a real good rhythm,” Hurdle said. “He got the ball down. He used his cutter, threw some good breaking balls. The one thing you can’t replicate is getting the pitcher on base to have to run bases and go out and pitch an inning.”

Correia did spend a good amount of time on the bases. He singled in both at-bats and ended up moving to third on an error right after collecting the second of those two hits. In comparison, the Red Sox’s DH had just one hit in the game.

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Don’t count out John Bowker in the competition for a bench spot. He has now hit safely in nine of his last 12 games after knocking a home run in his only at-bat on Saturday. The home run came on — you guessed it — a fastball. Bowker has shown no problem hitting fastballs; having more success with breaking pitches is where development is still needed.

Bowker is 9-for-30 this spring.

“It’s going well,” he said. “I’m trying to just get that rhythm and get the timing down like everybody else.”

Bowker is in a different position than most, though. He is out of options, meaning that the Pirates would have to put him on waivers if they don’t add him to the roster. The Pirates already have four outfielders (and maybe five if you count Ryan Doumit as more than a backup catcher).

But Bowker has an ability to play either corner spot and first (as well as center in an emergency), so his versatility could help him earn his way on. The question then would be whether Bowker could thrive in bench role without consistent at-bats.

“That’s something you learn over time when you’re not getting those regular at-bats,” Hurdle said. “The one thing he’s done throughout his career is light up the fastball. I think the thing he is learning is that word gets around the league.”

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On the main site tonight, you can find injury updates on Brad Lincoln, Chris Snyder and Beimel, as well as Kevin Hart’s reaction to being placed on the DL and a closer look at the middle infield competition.

On a side note, I’m off tomorrow and will not be with the team during the day. I’ll be back blogging on Monday.

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Beimel shut down with arm soreness

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

For the second time this spring, lefty Joe Beimel was scratched from a scheduled spring appearance due to soreness in his left arm.

This time, the soreness is in Beimel’s elbow, and the timing of the setback might hinder Beimel’s ability to be ready to join the Pirates’ bullpen by Opening Day.

“It is definitely frustrating and I want to be out there pitching,” Beimel said, after having treatment on his arm. “But at the same time, if I’m pushing too hard to get ready for Opening Day and there is setback, then I’m gone for a lot longer. I think it’s better to take care of it now and then just go from there.”

Beimel, who missed time due to left forearm soreness earlier in March, said he felt his arm tighten up on Saturday. The soreness increased overnight, prompting Beimel to tell the Pirates he would be unable to throw against the Red Sox on Saturday.

The issue is believed to be elbow inflammation and not structurally related, Beimel said, B. At this time, Beimel does not have any additional tests scheduled.

“I just decided it would be better not to push it too hard and go out there today and try to throw through it,” said Beimel. “I definitely don’t want to take any steps back and have something serious happen to it. I’m just going to rest today and come in [on Sunday] and see how it feels.”

With less than two weeks remaining before Opening Day, Beimel cannot afford to be sidelined long. He has made only two appearances so far this spring after getting a late start due to the previous arm ailment. Beimel’s most recent outing came on Thursday, when he gave up three earned runs on three hits in an inning.

Beimel said he didn’t feel any hint of soreness in that outing.

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Bucs claim Garrett Olson; Hart moved to 60-day DL

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The Pirates have another left-handed pitcher joining camp, as the team claimed Garrett Olson off waivers from the Mariners on Friday.

Olson has pitched in the Majors in parts of the last four seasons. He went 0-3 with a 4.54 ERA in 35 relief appearances last season. He has also started 44 Major League games and has a career 6.20 ERA in 99 total appearances.

General manager Neal Huntington is expected to comment on the acquisition soon, but it’s expected that Olson will jump into the mix to compete for a spot in the Pirates’ bullpen. The club is looking for left-handed relievers, and both Joe Beimel and Scott Olsen have struggled since coming back from early spring injuries.

In order to add Olson to the 40-man roster, the Pirates placed Kevin Hart on the 60-day disabled list. Hart continues to recover from right shoulder surgery.

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Day 29: Pirates @ Orioles

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The news this morning came in the form of 10 roster moves. You can find a detailed list of those moves here in case you missed it earlier.

As for a few other notes…

  • Catcher Ryan Doumit left the clubhouse not too long ago carrying his bat and on his way to take some dry swings. That’s a good sign for the right oblique that Doumit strained last week. The Pirates have said they will provide their next update on Doumit on Wednesday.
  • Scott Olsen and Joe Beimel are scheduled to throw one inning apiece in Monday’s game against Baltimore.
  • Forgot to mention yesterday that with Sunday’s win over Boston, the Pirates now already have more Grapefruit League victories than they did all last spring. Pittsburgh is 8-10 going into today’s contest.
  • John Bowker is getting his first start of the spring at first today. The Pirates wanted to get the outfielder some work at first base in case he were to be needed there at any point during the year.
  • Tuesday will be the first of two off days for the club, and no mandatory workouts are scheduled.
  • The following pitchers will throw on Wednesday: Paul Maholm, Jeff Karstens, Joel Hanrahan

Lineups:

PIRATES: P. Ciriaco (2B), J. Bowker (1B), A. McCutchen (CF), P. Alvarez (3B), M. Diaz (LF), S. Pearce (RF), J. Rodriguez (SS), J. Jaramillo (C), K. Correia (RHP)

Pitchers: K. Correia (five innings), E. Meek, S. Olsen, J. Beimel, M. Crotta

ORIOLES: R. Winn (LF), F. Pie (CF), N. Markakis (RF), V. Guerrero (DH), L. Scott (1B), M. Reynolds (3B), M. Wieters (C), R. Andino (2B), C. Izturis (SS)

Pitchers: J. Arrieta, J. Accardo, J. Berken

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Day 28: Red Sox @ Pirates

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

I’m going to keep this really brief since we’re a little more than an hour away from game time already.

Morning news:

  • Scott Olsen and Joe Beimel are slated to make their spring debuts on Monday. Each lefty will pitch one inning. More on pirates.com later about whether or not Olsen has the time to build up enough arm strength to begin the season as a starter
  • Righty Kevin Hart threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday and had no issues. His progress is slow, but he is recovering.
  • Catcher Chris Snyder will receive more treatment today to help with his lower back soreness. He remains out of the lineup.
  • The following pitchers will throw on Monday: Kevin Correia (five innings), Evan Meek, Olsen, Beimel, Michael Crotta

Lineups:

PIRATES: J. Tabata (CF), N. Walker (2B), P. Alvarez (3B), G. Jones (RF), L. Overbay (1B), J. Bowker (LF), R. Cedeno (SS), D. Brown (C), B. Lincoln (RHP)

Pitchers: B. Lincoln, J. Hanrahan, J. Karstens, C. Resop, C. Leroux

RED SOX: M. Cameron (RF), J. Lowrie (SS), JD Drew (DH), J. Varitek (C), R. Kalish (CF), D. McDonald (LF), L. Anderson (1B), N. Spears (2B), D. Sutton (3B)

Pitchers: J. Beckett, S. Atchison, A. Miller, D. Bard

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Day 25: Orioles @ Pirates

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My condolences to all you Panthers fans who are attempting to get over yet another early Big East exit for PITT. The game was on in the Pirates’ clubhouse this afternoon and almost everyone was gathered around the TV during the final minute. You should have heard the fun poked at Gary McGhee when he fell down as Kemba Walker hit that jumper at the buzzer.

In other basketball news, Missouri gets Texas A&M tonight, for those who are looking for must-see TV later.

As for the rest of your afternoon news…

  • Some serious rainstorms came through the area overnight and the temperature has dropped significantly. But other than having to pull out a coat, the weather should have no effect on tonight’s game being played.
  • Before you tune in to watch Mizzou, you can catch this Pirates-O’s game on FSN Pittsburgh.
  • Scroll down to today’s earlier blog entry for a rundown of the injured Buccos. I do have a few updates to add to it. Both Scott Olsen and Joe Beimel will be throwing live batting on Friday. Olsen is scheduled to throw 35 pitches; Beimel will throw 20. Also on Friday, Jose Ascanio is supposed to throw a bullpen session.
  • The following pitchers are scheduled to throw on Friday in Port Charlotte: James McDonald (four innings), Brian Burres (two), Daniel Moskos, Justin Thomas, Chris Leroux
  • On all the MLB.com club sites today, you’ll find a mid-spring report for each team. You can read the Pirates’ report here. In it you’ll find three things that we’ve learned through the first half of the Spring Training and three questions still left to be answered.

Lineups:

PIRATES: J. Tabata (LF), M. Diaz (RF), N. Walker (2B), L. Overbay (1B), G. Atkins (3B), R. Cedeno (SS), G. Hernandez (CF), J. Jaramillo (C), P. Maholm (LHP)

Pitchers: P. Maholm, J. Hanrahan, E. Meek, C. Resop, J. Karstens, T. Watson

ORIOLES: J.J. Hardy (SS), A. Jones (CF), M. Reynolds (3B), V. Guerrero (DH), J. Fox (LF), N. Reimold (RF), B. Snyder (1B), C. Tatum (C), R. Adams (2B)

Pitchers: B. Bergesen, J. Rupe, J. Accardo

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Injury report

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The Pirates have implemented a new policy this year as it relates to disclosing injury information and it involves issuing team statements on injuries. In the past, more often than not, media members got injury information by asking questions.

Anyways, the Pirates sent out an injury update this morning, and I’ve copied and pasted it below. I’m not sure how much information is really in here, given how vague and unspecific a number of these updates are. But I give you what I receive and you can do your best to decipher…

  • RHP Jose Ascanio threw a bullpen yesterday without any issues.  He will continue on his return to pitch progression. 
  • LHP Joe Beimel continues on his return to pitch progression without issue. 
  • OF John Bowker - his left wrist feels better and his status remains day to day.
  • INF Brian Friday - his left hand feels better and his status remains day to day.
  • RHP Kevin Hart continues on his return to pitch progression without issue.
  • LHP Scott Olsen continues on his return to pitch progression without issue. 
  • INF Josh Rodriguez - his right quadriceps feels better and his status remains day to day.

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Day 24: Pirates @ Yankees

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The Pirates have their first of three spring night games tonight and it comes against the Yankees up here in Tampa. The contrast between the Yankees’ Spring Training park — George M. Steinbrenner Field, to be precise — and every other one strikes me every year. It’s as grandiose as a Florida Spring Training facility gets, though I’m not sure that’s something to brag about.

One of the neatest aspects of Spring Training, in my opinion, is the intimacy of the ballparks. Fans who come to Pirate City or McKechnie Field stand just feet away from Pirates players. The access is tremendous. Here, not so much. The ballpark is nice, yes, but also a bit stuffy. But I guess old charm isn’t what a team like New York is going for.

On an entirely different note… I know that when you get online each day you are have a limited amount of minutes to spend reading the news. I understand that you don’t have time to read everything — I’m in the same boat — but I do want to turn your attention to a story I wrote today about A.J. Johnson.

My hope is that you’ll read it, not because I wrote it, but rather to get some perspective. Instead of reading about Scott Olsen’s hamstring or Joe Beimel’s elbow for one day, I hope you enjoy a story about a young man whose story will make you think twice about how much a baseball game really matters. And I just hope I was able to give A.J.’s story the justice it is due.

You can find the story here.

As for the rest of your news…

  • I was not at Tuesday’s game against the Twins, but I hear that Steve Pearce looked just fine at third base. Now that Pearce has gotten some game time in during a “B” game, you’d have to expect that he will play some third in a regular Grapefruit League game sometime soon.
  • Speaking of corner utility players, I would have to believe that the Pirates are going to have to start whittling down their list soon. With Pearce, Andy Marte, Josh Fields and Garrett Atkins all essentially fighting for one bench spot, there is not going to be enough playing time to go around. Especially not when you consider that Lyle Overbay and Pedro Alvarez need to get their work in, too. Don’t be surprised if one of the four bench candidates gets sent out of camp soon.
  • Back at McKechnie Field, Gillette and ESPN are filming some national TV commercial today/tonight. Among those appearing in the commercial are ESPN personality Kenny Mayne and Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.
  • Scott Olsen and Joe Beimel both threw at Pirate City on Tuesday and everything went without incident. The club has not announced what the next step is for either. Olsen, at least, should be ready to start pitching in games soon. That is especially necessary if the Pirates still want time to build him up as a starter.
  • The following pitchers will throw for the Pirates in Thursday’s night game against the Orioles: Paul Maholm (four innings), Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Chris Resop, Jeff Karstens, Tony Watson.
  • That game on Thursday is also a night game (7:05 p.m. ET scheduled first pitch) and will be televised back in Pittsburgh on FSN.
  • Tonight’s game can be heard on 104.7 FM for those of you back in the ‘Burgh.
  • Remember Brendan Donnelly, the veteran reliever who spent a few months with Pittsburgh last year? He has told MLB.com that he has officially retired.

Lineups:

PIRATES: A. McCutchen (CF), C. d’Arnaud (2B), P. Alvarez (3B), M. Diaz (LF), G. Jones (RF), S. Pearce (1B), C. Snyder (C), P. Ciriaco (SS), K. Correia (RHP)

Pitchers: K. Correia (four innings), C. Morton (three), D. McCutchen, J. Veras

YANKEES: D. Jeter (SS), R. Martin (C), M. Teixeira (1B), A. Rodriguez (DH), R. Cano (2B), A. Jones (LF), E. Chavez (3B), J. Maxwell (RF), M. Mesa (CF)

Pitchers: B. Colon, M. Banuelos, R. Soriano, P. Feliciano, D. Turpen, L. Ayala

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Day 19: Phillies @ Pirates; Cedeno scratched with sore finger

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

It’s a Keystone State matchup today at McKechnie Field, where the temperatures are a bit brisk this morning. I know, it’s all relative…

Anyways, your morning news…

  • Shortstop Ronny Cedeno was scratched from today’s lineup because of a sore right middle finger. He said he bruised the finger while fielding a sixth-inning grounder from Toronto’s Rajai Davis. The balls knocked his finger while he was trying to grip it and his finger was still a bit sore on Friday morning. Cedeno said he’ll try to take some groundballs on the side Friday, though he’ll stay out of Friday’s game. This appears to be very minor, so expect Cedeno back soon.
  • Left-hander Joe Beimel went through his throwing program on Thursday and Friday and did not feel any discomfort in his left forearm either time. That’s really good news for Beimel, who had to stop throwing when he tried on Tuesday. As long as he remains pain-free, Beimel will continue through his throwing program.
  • Evan Meek (right calf tightness) is scheduled to throw live batting practice over at Pirate City this morning. This could be his last checkpoint before he’s ready to appear in his first game.
  • The following pitchers are scheduled to throw on Saturday: Paul Maholm, Jeff Karstens, Mike Crotta, Sean Gallagher, Chris Leroux and Rudy Owens
  • Chase d’Arnaud, who is arguably the Pirates’ best infield prospect, is out taking grounders at third base this morning. Though d’Arnaud will continue to get most of his work at second and short, he plans to stay sharp at third base as well. Versatility is never a bad thing.

Lineups:

PIRATES: J. Tabata (LF), P. Ciriaco (SS), N. Walker (2B), L. Overbay (1B), M. Diaz (DH), G. Jones (RF), A. Marte (3B), C. Snyder (C), G. Hernandez (CF)

Pitchers: K. Correia, B. Burres, F. Nieve, B. Morris, K. McPherson, D. Moskos

PHILLIES: J. Rollins (SS), P. Polanco (3B), R. Ibanez (LF), R. Howard (1B), D. Young (2B), B. Schneider (C), H. Garcia (DH), W. Valdez (RF), M. Martinez (CF)

Pitchers: J. Blanton, D. Baez, D. Meyer, A. Carpenter, A. Bastardo, M. Zagurski

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Twins 4, Pirates 2

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Not too much to add here in addition to what is going on the main site. The pirates.com mainbar today looks at Lyle Overbay, who took me aback a bit with how critical he is of himself. Not that that’s a bad thing. But he made it clear that his numbers over the last few seasons are nowhere near where he believes they can be.

Maybe the most telling comment from him came as I was asking about his struggles against left-handed pitching and potential adjustments he’d make to hit southpaws better. Overbay’s answer: “I looked at my average against righties and it was horrible. I have to get better on both ends.”

Fair enough.

In the Bucs Beat on the site, you’ll find a Joe Beimel injury update, thoughts from Ross Ohlendorf about his outing, an injury update on Kevin Hart and some team promotional news.

As for the leftovers…

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In addition to what is in the main Ohlendorf piece, here are a few other nuggets:

  • Ohlendorf did not throw a changeup to a lefty in this outing, but did try a few out to right-handers. He threw a heavy dose of fastballs and sliders, though that should come as no surprise to anyone.
  • Up here in the press box, we could hear Ohlendorf occassionally grunting as he released his pitches. Ohlendorf explained afterward that he used to grunt more frequently, but hadn’t done it so much over the last few years. He doesn’t believe he does it only on certain pitches, so it shouldn’t give anything away to hitters. I noticed him doing it during his live BP sessions earlier in camp, so maybe the habit is returning for good. Just a random observation…
  • Ohlendorf is making a pointed effort to do a better job getting the ball to the plate quicker this year so he can limit the amount of stolen bases he gives up. Last year, it took Ohlendorf about 1.6-1.7 seconds to get the ball home. He needs to get that time closer to the 1.3-1.4 mark to really stop the running behind him. He’s working on slide steps this spring, too, though he didn’t use any on Wednesday.

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Michael Crotta isn’t a name that you hear floated around as a potential starter in Pittsburgh this year. But he has now made two decent appearances this spring. On Wednesday, Crotta scattered two hits in a two-inning outing.

He lives on his heavy sinker, a pitch that was especially sharp in his first inning of work. He battled through the second inning without as an effective a sinker, but Crotta got out of the inning unscathed nonetheless.

“He’s definitely got the attention of some people,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s pitching with purpose.”

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The Pirates went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday, a stat that obviously highlights a lot of missed chances. Corey Wimberly was unable to execute on a bunt attempt, and there were a handful of times when attempts to advance runners one base were unsuccessful.

Even still, Hurdle commended the effort.

“When you’ve got at-bats and things need to happen at the plate – whether you need to move runners or get bunts down – you don’t always perform,” Hurdle said. “You don’t always execute and get the result, but the intent is there. We had a couple of guys try to work the ball to right with a runner at second base. We tried to get a bunt down and the execution was a little shabby, but the commitment was there.”

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