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Game 37: Dodgers (17-20) @ Pirates (18-18)

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In case you missed it earlier, the Pirates made two roster moves prior to Wednesday’s game. Jose Ascanio was reinstated from the DL and is here and available for Wednesday’s game. Mike Crotta was placed on the 15-day DL with right posterior elbow inflammation. More details on those moves can be found here.

More news and notes for the day:

  • UPDATE: Neil Walker was scratched from the lineup just before gametime due to flu-like symptoms. Ronny Cedeno took Walker’s place at second, while Brandon Wood stepped in to play short.
  • Jose Tabata is out of the lineup to take a day to work on specifics with his swing. It’s no secret the last few weeks have not been kind to Tabata, who was the most consistent hitter at the start of the season. Tabata’s season average has dropped to .226 as he has just nine hits in his last 67 at-bats.
  • Crotta said that he had been bothered by the elbow discomfort for about a week. He didn’t, however, let anyone know until after his outing last night. An MRI done on his elbow came out fine today, and maybe this is an explanation as to why Crotta was having so much trouble keeping his pitches down lately. Crotta is headed to Bradenton on Thursday, where he will remain to rehab his arm.
  • The plan is not to throw Ascanio into late-inning, high-leverage situations right away if at all possible. The Pirates would like to ease him into a bullpen role, particularly to see if his numbers during a Triple-A rehab stint are indicative of his command and stuff. Ascanio did not fare all that well in the rehab assignment, though sometimes those results can mean nothing. As Ascanio said on Wednesday, he starts with all zeroes now.
  • Chris Resop, who threw 41 pitches on Tuesday, is the only reliever not available for the Pirates tonight.
  • With Andrew McCutchen’s two homers last night, he sure looked like the No. 3 hitter manager Clint Hurdle envisioned heading into the season. To this point, though, Hurdle has no intention of moving McCutchen back down in the order. “He seems to be more comfortable now. His swing is playing right there. I’m going to leave him right there.”
  • If Hurdle did want to move McCutchen down in the order, who would he even be able to put in the leadoff spot, especially with Tabata struggling?
  • Ross Ohlendorf is not currently throwing — not off the mound, not off flat ground. After throwing his session of live batting practice on Friday, Ohlendorf felt some shoulder soreness and opted to take a few days off to rest his arm. He said he expects to resume throwing in Milwaukee. Ohlendorf’s timetable just keeps getting pushed back by one thing after another. I don’t see any way he is back by the end of the month.
  • Evan Meek said he felt good during a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday. He’ll play catch on Thursday, long toss Friday and throw another side session on Saturday. Then he’ll head out to Triple-A Indianapolis for two rehab appearances.
  • Brian Burres was a hard-luck loser in Triple-A Indianapolis’ game earlier today. Burres allowed only one run on four hits in seven innings, but Indianapolis’ offense never scored.
  • Altoona, on the other hand, had a huge offensive day in their morning contest. The Curve scored 13 runs for starter Jeff Locke, who allowed two runs in six innings. Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer and Miles Durham all had three hits in the win. Mercer had two homers and drove in five.
  • The Pirates have brought back their “You Score as the Bucs Score promotion” for this weekend’s series against the Brewers. For those who are unfamiliar with how the promotion works, all the details can be found here. The discounted tickets are for the upcoming series against the Tigers (May 20-22). Yovani Gallardo and Zack Greinke will both be pitching for Milwaukee during that series.
  • General manager Neal Huntington will hold a chat with readers at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. The chat was initially scheduled for Wednesday, so sorry for any confusion.


PIRATES: A. McCutchen (CF), X. Paul (LF), G. Jones (RF), L . Overbay (1B), C. Snyder (C), P. Alvarez (3B), B. Wood (SS), R. Cedeno (2B), P. Maholm (LHP)

DODGERS: J. Carroll (SS), I. DeJesue (2B), A. Ethier (RF), M. Kemp (CF), J. Uribe (3B), R. Barajas (C), J. Sands (LF), R. Mitchell (1B), H. Kuroda (RHP)

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Double-A Altoona roster set

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The Pirates’ Double-A Altoona affiliate has announced its anticipated Opening Day roster. Highlighting the group of players beginning the year in Altoona is catcher Tony Sanchez, outfielder Starling Marte and a starting rotation that will should include Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Aaron Pribanic, Aaron Thompson and Brian Leach.

The full roster is below:

Pitchers: Tim Alderson, Tom Boleska, Anthony Claggett, Mike Colla, Michael Dubee, Jared Hughes, Noah Krol, Brian Leach, Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Aaron Pribanic, Aaron Thompson

Catchers: Eric Fryer, Tony Sanchez, Kris Watts

Infielders: Miles Durham, Jeremy Farrell, Shelby Ford, Brock Holt, Jordy Mercer

 Outfielders: Brad Chalk, Jose Hernandez, Quincy Latimore, Starling Marte

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All month, is slowly rolling out its Top 10 prospects list for each club. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh’s list was revealed. The full story is here for you to read more about each prospect. If you’re just looking for the list, it is as follows:

  1. RHP Jameson Taillon
  2. RHP Stetson Allie
  3. C Tony Sanchez
  4. LHP Rudy Owens
  5. RHP Bryan Morris
  6. RHP Luis Heredia
  7. LHP Jeff Locke
  8. OF Starling Marte
  9. RHP Zack Von Rosenberg
  10. LHP Colton Cain

You agree or disagree with any of the placements? Feel free to discuss…

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Winter ball update

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Here is another winter ball update for you:

Venezuela Winter League

SS Ronny Cedeno: 19 G, .279 BA, 9 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI
2B Adenson Chourio: 11 G, .000 BA, 2 R
SS Argenis Diaz: 19 G, .186 BA, 6 R, 3 RBI
C Hector Gimenez: 26 G, .247 BA, 12 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBI
OF Lastings Milledge: 20 G, .260 BA, 13 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI
RHP Gabriel Alvarado: 2 G, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
LHP Sean Gallagher: 3-2, 8 G (5 GS), 29 IP, 28 H, 12 ER, 4 HR, 17 BB, 25 K
LHP Corey Hamman: 1-0, 14 G, 1 SV, 10.2 IP, 14 H, 8 ER, 4 HR, 4 BB, 10 K
RHP Jean Machi: 3-0, 15 G, 5 SV, 17 IP, 13 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 15 K
RHP Diego Moreno: 4 G, 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
LHP Jhonathan Ramos: 2-0, 10 G, 8.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 5 K
LHP Justin Thomas: 1-2, 9 G (4 GS), 19.1 IP, 22 H, 11 ER, 3 HR, 10 BB, 14 K

Dominican Winter League

SS Pedro Ciriaco: 14 G, .204 BA, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 R
C Jason Jaramillo: 16 G, .217 BA, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI
OF Starling Marte: 21 G, .224 BA, 7 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
RHP Michael Dubee: 1-0, 14 G, 17 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 7 BB, 14 K
RHP Charlie Morton: 0-1, 3 GS, 15 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 14 K

Australian Baseball League

OF Quincy Latimore: 12 G, .400 BA, 12 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 16 RBI
LHP Rinku Singh: 2 G, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K  

Puerto Rican Winter League

SS Benji Gonzalez: 13 G, .160 BA, 6 R, 1 2B  

Mexican Winter League

OF Rogelio Noris: 27 G, .266 BA, 11 R, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI 

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Updated winter ball stats

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Here are your weekly updated winter ball statistics:

Venezuela Winter League

  • SS Ronny Cedeno: 10 G, .303 BA, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI
  • 2B Adenson Chourio: 9 G, .000 BA, 2 R
  • SS Argenis Diaz: 12 G, .194 BA, 6 R, 2 RBI
  • C Hector Gimenez: 26 G, .247 BA, 12 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBI
  • 3B Andy LaRoche: 21 G, .186 BA, 9 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI
  • OF Lastings Milledge: 15 G, .286 BA, 11 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI
  • RHP Gabriel Alvarado: 2 G, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
  • RHP Brian Bass: 1-1, 6 GS, 32 IP, 22 H, 7 ER, 1 HR, 16 BB, 21 K
  • LHP Sean Gallagher: 3-1, 7 G (4 GS), 25 IP, 20 H, 8 ER, 3 HR, 15 BB, 23 K
  • LHP Corey Hamman: 1-0, 10 G, 1 SV, 9,2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 9 K
  • RHP Jean Machi: 2-0, 11 G, 5 SV, 13 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 14 K
  • RHP Diego Moreno: 1 G, .1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
  • LHP Jhonathan Ramos: 2-0, 9 G, 8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 5 K
  • LHP Justin Thomas: 0-2, 6 G (4 GS), 16.2 IP, 18 H, 10 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 13 K

Dominican Winter League

  • SS Pedro Ciriaco: 9 G, .158 BA, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 R
  • C Jason Jaramillo: 14 G, .225 BA, 3 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI
  • OF Starling Marte: 15 G, .196 BA, 6 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • RHP Michael Dubee: 9 G, 11 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 10 K
  • RHP Charlie Morton: 0-1, 3 GS, 15 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 14 K

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May 18: Pirates (16-22) @ Phillies (24-13)

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It’s cold and it’s overcast, but maybe we can get this game in tonight without any significant delays. The players certainly don’t want to get home at 3-4 am. And those of us who have to wait until tomorrow morning to fly out would appreciate some sleep. So hopefully the rain cooperates.

You’d have to think, too, that if this game starts, the Phillies are not going to want there to be any sort of delay since Roy Halladay is on the mound. Worst-case scenario for them is to send Halladay out and then have a lengthy delay shortly after that takes him out of the start.

This isn’t the first time Zach Duke and Halladay have matched up. The last was a dandy one, too. You can revisit it here.


  • Forgot to note this yesterday, but with all the questions I get about when Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata will be up, I felt it appropriate to write a story on the subject. If you missed it on Monday, here’s that piece. While I know Alvarez is the biggest name in the bunch, my guess is that he won’t be the first up. My guess is that it will be Lincoln. The right-hander is meeting the organization’s development goals consistently these days, and Brian Burres’ hold on the fifth spot in the rotation isn’t exactly firm. If Burres slips up on Wednesday or in the start after that, I can see the Pirates making the move.
  • As mentioned on Monday, the Pirates are still looking for their first winning road trip under manager John Russell. No easy task with Halladay on the mound, but Pittsburgh can clinch that with a win tonight.
  • Reliever Brendan Donnelly threw a pain-free side session indoors on Tuesday. His simulated game couldn’t happen because of the crummy weather. All went well, Donnelly said, and the Pirates plan to activate him off the DL on Thursday or Friday.
  • Who is the most likely to go when Donnelly returns? My guess is it would be either Jeff Karstens or Burres. If the Pirates want to make a change in the rotation, Burres could be sent out and the club would have a few extra days before making a decision about the rotation. That might be why the Pirates aren’t planning on activating Donnelly until after Burres’ start on Wednesday. Just thinking outloud here…
  • Delwyn Young is back in the leadoff spot on Tuesday for the second straight night. And why not? He had as much success last night as anyone. And again, the Pirates really don’t have a prototypical leadoff-type hitter with Aki Iwamura out.
  • Take away his absence with a bruised wrist, and Ryan Church has now started 10 straight games. I asked Russell if Church is going to be a regular in the lineup moving forward. Russell said it won’t necessarily be every day, but he does like having Church flexible to play in left and right so Russell can play the best matchups with everyone else.
  • Third baseman Andy LaRoche has just three hits in his last 34 at-bats. This comes after a 20-for-53 stretch he had right before.
  • The Pirates announced the signings of six Latin American players on Tuesday. Those players include LHP Angel Sanchez, OF Willy Garcia, RHP Oderman Rocha, RHP Brayan Almonte, RHP Jose Luis Acosta and 1B Jose Roman.
  • The Pirates announced that OF Starling Marte had successful surgery on Tuesday to remove the hamate bone in his left hand. No tendon damage was found, so Marte should be ready to return in 8-10 weeks.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Delwyn Young (2B)
  2. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  4. Garrett Jones (1B)
  5. Ryan Church (RF)
  6. Ryan Doumit (C)
  7. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  8. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  9. Zach Duke (LHP)

Phillies lineup:

  1. Shane Victorino (CF)
  2. Placido Polanco (3B)
  3. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
  4. Ryan Howard (1B)
  5. Jayson Werth (RF)
  6. Ben Francisco (LF)
  7. Carlos Ruiz (C)
  8. Juan Castro (2B)
  9. Roy Halladay (RHP)

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Surgery needed for OF Starling Marte

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Pirates outfield prospect Starling Marte was diagnosed with a fractured left hamate bone during a visit to a hand specialist on Monday and will undergo surgery on the hand on Tuesday. The procedure will involve removing the hook of the hamate bone.

Marte, who Baseball America listed as the organization’s sixth-best prospect heading into 2010, is expected to miss 8-10 weeks recovering from the procedure. That timetable would have him ready to return for the final month of the Minor League season.

The good news for Marte is that most players who suffer broken hamates go on to have a full recovery, even if it takes a little time for the power and timing to all return to pre-injury levels. The Pirates don’t have to look far for an example of that, as Pedro Alvarez broke his hamate bone and underwent the same procedure in 2008. Alvarez, the organization’s top prospect, has had no issues since.

Marte, 21, played in 26 games for high-A Bradenton (Fla.) this season before the injury sidelined him. He hit .283 with eight extra-base hits, nine stolen bases and 12 RBIs. He spent most of last season with the organization’s low-A West Virginia club, where the outfielder hit .312 and swiped 24 bases.

He was signed out of the Dominican Republic at the age of 18 and was rated by Baseball America as having the best outfield arm in the organization.

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Pirates 7, Braves 6

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For the third straight day, the Pirates’ starting pitcher wasn’t exactly unhittable. Ross Ohlendorf allowed seven runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings on Tuesday. Paul Maholm allowed five runs in five innings on Wednesday. And on Thursday, five runs scored against Charlie Morton in his five-inning start. Still, much like his fellow rotation mates, Morton showed little concern about the results.

“I guess it was pitch selection because for the most part I felt like I was throwing strikes with everything except my curveball, which I was having trouble getting up,” Morton said. “I bounced a lot of curveballs. Other than that, I felt like I was in the zone. It was just pitch selection because they were hitting the ball.”

Keep in mind that there isn’t a lot of preparation that goes into Spring Training starts in terms of studying scouting reports and pitching to hitters’ weaknesses. So you would have to believe pitch selection might not have been as much an issue if this was a regular season game.

Manager John Russell pointed specifically to the changeup Morton threw to Eric Hinske as an example of a pitch that would normally not have been thrown in the situation but was because Morton wanted to work on it. Hinske took the changeup and sent it over the wall for a three-run homer.


“I thought he was good,” Russell said of Morton. “A couple wind-blown balls hurt him. But all in all, the ball was coming out of his hand well. His slider was really, really good today. Very explosive with his fastballs.”

As Russell mentioned, Morton threw a whole bunch of sliders in this start against his former team. The slider is a pitch Morton stopped throwing a lot last year, but one that he has been resurrecting this spring. If his curveball takes a little while to get going (like it did on Thursday), Morton will rely more heavily on the slider. On other days, it’s the other way around.

“Yeah, I got some swings and misses and just good strikes on sliders,” Morton said, speaking specifically of Thursday. “I’m still learning how to throw it. It’s probably working a lot better than the curveball.”

Morton has time to make two more starts before the season begins.


Delwyn Young made his debut at third base on Thursday after coming in to replace Andy LaRoche in the seventh. I heard he made a nice play in the top of the eighth, though we were down talking to Morton when that happened, so I didn’t see it. Otherwise, Young didn’t see any other action defensively.

On the offensive side of things, Young continues to rake. He leads the Grapefruit League with 18 RBIs after driving in two more on Thursday with an eighth-inning single. And it’s been well noted already that Young sits two home runs away from matching the Pirates’ all-time spring club high of eight.

Could Young play his way into an Opening Day starting job with what he has done at the plate this spring? Don’t count on it. The Pirates still don’t seem ready to make a spot for him in the lineup (there’s no one they apparently want to kick out), and they love what he can do off the bench. You wonder, though, how long a team that needs some offensive firepower can afford to keep one of its best bats off the field.


By the time the Pirates came back to win this one late, all but one of the day’s starters was already out of the game. That meant that some of the organization’s prospects — like Chase d’Arnaud and Starling Marte — were in the middle of things late.

D’Arnaud went 2-for-2 with two singles and a stolen base. One of his singles was courtesy a generous scoring decision from the official scorer (I would have given the second baseman an error), but d’Arnaud has still held his own in his handful of appearances.

Speaking of d’Arnaud, here’s a nice video of him that is currently being featured on

Marte had an infield single and later scored in the eighth. Boy, that kid can run.

“It’s fun to watch them play,” Russell said, speaking generally of the Minor Leaguers that have seen Grapefruit League action. “That’s the fun thing about our organization now. It’s fun to watch. It’s why we enjoy calling them up and why I enjoy getting them in the game. We have some talent.”

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Winter ball update

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Here are the most recent stats from some of the organization’s more notable winter ball participants. It’s also worth noting that the Mexican and Dominican leagues wrapped up their regular season at the end of December:

  • Brian Bixler (Mexico): 35 G, .300 BA, 5 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 13 BB, 42 SO
  • Ronny Cedeno (Venezuela): 40 G, .300 BA, 4 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 20 RBI
  • Argenis Diaz (Venezuela): 47 G, .194 BA, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 9 BB, 26 SO
  • Gorkys Hernandez (Venezuela): 33 G, .245 BA, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI
  • Erik Kratz (Dominican Republic): 16 G, .065 BA, 1 2B, 4 RBI
  • Starling Marte (Dominican Republic): 11 G, .231 BA, 2 SB 
  • Neil Walker (Venezuela): 34 G, .267 BA, 9 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBI
  • Ramon Aguero (Dominican Republic): 15 G, 0-1, 15 IP, 5 ER, 7 BB, 16 K, 2 SV 
  • Wilfredo Ledezma (Venezuela): 11 G, 2-4, 49.2 IP, 27 ER, 20 BB, 44 K
  • Jean Machi (Venezuela): 31 G, 2-0, 36 IP, 5 ER, 6 BB, 27 K, 16 SV
  • R.J. Rodriguez (Puerto Rico): 18 G, 1-0, 22.1 IP, 9 ER, 6 BB, 12 K, 2 SV
  • Ronald Uviedo (Venezuela): 21 G, 3-0, 24 IP, 7 ER, 6 BB, 24 K

Winter ball update

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Figured it was worth another look at how the organization’s players are faring down in winter ball. Here are some updated stats on the more notable names:

  • Brian Bixler (Mexico): 35 G, .300 BA, 5 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 13 BB, 42 SO
  • Ronny Cedeno (Venezuela): 33 G, .292 BA, 3 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 16 RBI
  • Argenis Diaz (Venezuela): 43 G, .195 BA, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 9 BB, 23 SO
  • Gorkys Hernandez (Venezuela): 33 G, .245 BA, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI
  • Erik Kratz (Dominican Republic): 16 G, .065 BA, 1 2B, 4 RBI
  • Starling Marte (Dominican Republic): 10 G, .333 BA, 2 SB 
  • Neil Walker (Venezuela): 34 G, .267 BA, 9 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBI
  • Ramon Aguero (Dominican Republic): 14 G, 0-1, 14 IP, 5 ER, 7 BB, 15 K, 2 SV 
  • Wilfredo Ledezma (Venezuela): 9 G, 2-3, 40 IP, 22 ER, 16 BB, 31 K
  • Jean Machi (Venezuela): 28 G, 2-0, 33 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB, 24 K, 15 SV
  • R.J. Rodriguez (Puerto Rico): 11 G, 1-0, 12 IP, 6 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 SV
  • Ronald Uviedo (Venezuela): 19 G, 2-0, 21.2 IP, 7 ER, 6 BB, 23 K

There are no injuries to anyone playing in winter ball to report either, which is encouraging.

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