Bucs Make Roster Moves With An Eye Towards The Playoffs

Only players on the active roster on September 1* can be on a team’s postseason roster. With that in mind, the Pirates made two roster moves today.

Jeff Clement was outrighted to Class A Bradenton. Clement was 0-6 with 2 K’s in his brief time up. The fact that he was outrighted and not simply optioned opens a spot on the 40 man roster and likely shows that the team doesn’t think he’ll ever be able to contribute at the major league level.

Chase d”Arnaud was optioned to AAA. I expect Chase to be added back to the active roster once he is eligible to be called back up and resume his role as a… back up.

Kyle McPherson and Alex Presley were recalled from AAA. McPherson will pitch in the bullpen for now but should get a few starts in Erik Bedard‘s old spot. In 12 starts this year at AA and AAA he has a 3.22 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 8.5 K/9.

Presley will help cover for a banged up outfield. We’ve seen what he can do when he’s on top of his game, and we’ve seen how bad he can be too. Alex gets a start in CF tonight to give Andrew McCutchen an extra night off before the stretch run.

*There are a few exceptions that can be made for players who go on or are currently on the DL. For example: Charlie Morton on the 60-day DL allows the team to add any pitcher that is currently in the organization to the playoff roster.

Tigers Wrap Up

Scores:
Friday: 4-1 Win vs Detroit. A.J. wins his 8th. Box score.
Saturday: 4-1 Win vs Detroit. Cutch with the big blast. Box score.
Sunday: 3-2 Loss vs Detroit. 2 against Verlander not enough. Box score.

Season Record: 38-33, 2nd place in NL Central, 1.0 games back

Notes: The Bucs take two out of three from the Tigers to split their season series 3-3. The Pirates finish Interleague play with a 10-8 record, scoring 77 runs and allowing 66. Andrew McCutchen and Alex Presley were each on base five times. Pedro Alvarez continued his latest run of good at bats with three hits and a walk. Josh Harrison was the only position player to not get a hit. Michael McKenry threw out Austin Jackson in the third inning Sunday. It was the first time the Pirates have thrown out a baserunner since May 10. All three starting pitchers turned in quality starts. Despite his best outing of the month, Brad Lincoln is being moved back to the bullpen to make room for Jeff Karstens.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R   H  RBI  BB  SO  LOB     AVG     OBP
McCutchen, A, CF 11 1 4 3 1 3 2 0.364 0.417
Presley, LF 11 2 4 0 1 0 2 0.364 0.417
McGehee, 1B 10 1 1 0 0 5 7 0.100 0.100
Alvarez, 3B 9 2 3 0 1 4 1 0.333 0.400
Jones, G, RF, 1B 8 1 1 2 0 1 3 0.125 0.125
Walker, 2B 7 1 2 2 1 3 4 0.286 0.375
Barmes, SS 7 0 2 0 0 1 3 0.286 0.286
Harrison, SS, 2B 7 0 0 0 0 2 4 0.000 0.000
Barajas, C 6 1 2 0 0 0 4 0.333 0.333
Tabata, RF 4 1 1 0 0 2 0 0.250 0.250
McKenry, C 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0.333 0.333
Hague, PH 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500
Burnett, AJ, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
Lincoln, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.000 0.000
Correia, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0      —-      —-
   Totals 89 10 22 7 4 25 31 0.247 0.280

Batting
Doubles (3): Presley 2 (9), McGehee (8)
Home Runs (2): McCutchen (13), Jones (9)

BaseRunning
CS: Tabata (8), Walker (1)

Fielding
Double Plays: (Barmes-Walker-McGehee)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
Burnett, AJ(W, 8-2) 6.0 2 0 0 3 4 0 0.00 0.83
Lincoln(W, 4-2) 6.0 2 1 1 1 7 1 1.50 0.50
Correia 6.0 6 2 2 1 4 1 3.00 1.17
Grilli(H, 16, 17) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00
Hanrahan(S, 18,19) 2.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0.00 1.00
Resop(L, 0-3) 2.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 4.50 1.50
Cruz, J(H, 12) 1.3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00
Watson(H, 8, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Hughes, J 0.7 2 1 1 1 0 0 13.50 4.50
  Totals 27.0 14 5 5 9 25 2 1.67 0.85

Transactions: Optioned IF Jordy Mercer to AAA. Recalled RHP Bryan Morris from AAA. Transferred RHP Charlie Morton from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. Claimed IF Drew Sutton off waivers from Tampa Bay.

Roster Moves

A few late breaking roster moves before today’s game:

RHP Bryan Morris has been recalled from AAA. IF Jordy Mercer was optioned back down. Makes sense to send down Mercer since he hasn’t been playing at all. Morris is the last player left from the Jason Bay trade. He’ll be an extra arm in the bullpen.

IF Drew Sutton was claimed off of waivers. He’ll be the 25th man on the roster so Jordy Mercer can play every day in the minors. Sutton was part of the organization for about 24 hours last month when he was acquired from the Braves, then dealt to Tampa.

Dejan Kovacevic says that Morris is in town and available today, while Sutton will not arrive in time.

RHP Charlie Morton has been transferred to the 60-day DL to make space on the 40 man roster.

Today’s game starts at, well, now. Justin Verlander vs. Kevin Correia as the Pirates go for the sweep.

Tommy John Expected for Charlie Morton

News started breaking this morning that Charlie Morton, on the DL with elbow discomfort, has a torn ligament and will likely need Tommy John surgery. If that is the case then he won’t be back until the middle of next season, with no guarantee of being effective right away.

This is a big blow for Morton and a big blow for the Pirates’ pitching depth. For now, the ream is saying that Brad Lincoln will remain in the rotation until Jeff Karstens is healthy. I suspect that Rudy Owens or Jeff Locke will be starting in the big leagues by early July.

Brewers Wrap Up

Scores:
Friday: 8-2 Win at Milwaukee. 6 run 3rd more than enough. Box score.
Saturday: 5-1 Loss at Milwaukee. Bedard blows up. Box score.
Sunday: 6-5 Win at Milwaukee. 4 HRs provide just enough. Box score.

Season Record: 27-26, 3rd place in NL Central, 3.0 games back

Notes: A successful (read: winning) trip to Milwaukee! Scoring five runs/game will go a long way to keeping the team above .500.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG OBP
Walker, 2B 13 1 5 1 1 2 7 0.385 0.429
McCutchen, A, CF 12 2 5 5 2 3 5 0.417 0.500
Hague, 1B 12 0 3 0 0 4 1 0.250 0.250
Tabata, LF-RF 11 1 3 3 3 3 3 0.273 0.429
Barajas, C 9 2 3 2 0 1 6 0.333 0.333
Alvarez, 3B 9 0 0 0 0 1 8 0.000 0.000
Jones, G, RF 8 2 3 2 0 1 3 0.375 0.375
Barmes, SS 7 1 2 2 0 1 2 0.286 0.286
Harrison, RF 5 2 1 0 1 1 2 0.200 0.333
McGehee, 3B-1B 5 1 1 0 1 2 2 0.200 0.333
Mercer, SS 4 1 0 0 1 2 3 0.000 0.200
Correia, P 3 1 1 0 0 1 3 0.333 0.333
McDonald, J, P 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0.333 0.333
McKenry, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.000
Hernandez, Go, LF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500
Bedard, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
Resop, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000
  Totals 108 15 29 15 9 25 48 0.269 0.325

Batting
Doubles (5): Tabata 2 (9), McCutchen (9), Walker (9). McGehee (5)
Triples (2): Harrison (3) McCutchen (3)
Home Runs (5): Jones 2 (7), McCutchen (9), Barajas (5), Barmes (3)

Baserunning
SB: Tabata (6), Harrison (3)
CS: Tabata (5), McCutchen (4)
PO: Tabata

Fielding
Errors: Hague (1), Alvarez (11), Barmes (7)
Double Plays: (Hague-Mercer-Hague), (Mercer-Walker-Hague), (Barmes-Walker-Hague), (Walker-Barmes-McGehee)

Pitching

Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA WHIP
McDonald, J (W, 5-2) 6.0 4 3 1 1 8 1 1.50 0.83
Correia (W, 2-5) 5.7 5 2 2 2 2 2 3.18 1.24
Bedard (L, 3-6) 3.7 5 5 5 3 5 1 12.27 2.18
Resop 2.3 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.43
Cruz, J (H, 9) 2.0 1 1 1 0 4 1 4.50 0.50
Hughes, J 1.7 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.60
Slaten (H, 1) 1.7 1 0 0 3 1 0 0.00 2.40
Hanrahan (S, 14) 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 1 9.00 2.00
Grilli (H, 13) 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.00 2.00
Lincoln 0.7 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 3.00
Watson 0.3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
  Totals 26.0 20 12 10 13 24 6 3.46 1.27

Transactions: Activated RHP Juan Cruz from the restricted list. Placed RHP Charlie Morton on the 15-day DL.

Morton to DL, Cruz activated.

Moments ago on twitter:

@Pirates: RHP Juan Cruz has been reinstated from the Restricted List and RHP Charlie Morton goes on DL with right elbow inflammation (retro to May 30)

Monday’s off day means the team can skip Morton’s turn in the rotation and still keep everyone on normal rest. Jeff Karstens is expected to return from his rehab after another start or two.

Reds Wrap Up

Scores:
Monday: 4-1 Win vs Cincinnati. McDonald is the ace. Box score.
Tuesday: 8-1 Loss vs Cincinnati. Morton, Hughes not sharp. Box score.
Wednesday: 2-1 Win vs Cincinnati. Hague’s double supports Burnett. Box score.

Season Record: 25-25, 3rd place in NL Central, 3.0 games back

Notes: A 6-3 homestand gets the Bucs back to the .500 mark. Charlie Morton may get pulled from the rotation when Jeff Karstens comes off the DL. Doug Slaten threw a perfect inning in his Pirates debut. New SS Jordy Mercer had a hit in his first start. Rod Barajas went 3 for 7 and had three walks.

Combined Box

Pittsburgh  AB   R   H  RBI  BB  SO  LOB     AVG     OBP
Alvarez, 3B 11 2 2 1 1 2 3 0.182 0.250
McCutchen, A, CF 11 0 2 0 0 2 5 0.182 0.182
Tabata, LF-RF 11 0 1 0 1 0 6 0.091 0.167
Hague, 1B 10 1 3 2 0 1 3 0.300 0.300
Jones, G, RF 10 1 3 1 0 3 1 0.300 0.300
Walker, 2B 10 2 2 1 2 3 4 0.200 0.333
Barajas, C 7 0 3 1 3 0 0 0.429 0.600
Mercer, SS 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 0.200 0.200
Barmes, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.000 0.000
Harrison, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000
McDonald, J, P 3 1 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.000
Burnett, AJ, P 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.500 0.667
McGehee, 1B 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0.500 0.500
Hernandez, Go, LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000
Morton, P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.000
  Totals 93 7 19 7 8 15 33 0.204 0.267

Batting
Doubles (5): Alvarez 2 (9), Walker (8), Hague 2 (2)
Triples (2): McCutchen (2), Jones (1)

BaseRunning
SB: Hernandez, Go (1)

Fielding
Errors: Harrison (1), Alvarez (10), Walker (3)
Double Plays: (Alvarez-Walker-Hague), (Harrison-Walker-Hague), (Mercer-Walker-Hague)

Pitching

Pittsburgh     IP    H     R   ER  BB  SO  HR    ERA   WHIP
McDonald, J (W, 4-2) 8.0 5 0 0 1 5 0 0.00 0.75
Burnett, AJ (W, 4-2) 7.0 2 1 0 2 3 0 0.00 0.57
Morton (L, 2-6) 4.0 6 4 4 1 0 0 9.00 1.75
Grilli (H, 12) 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00 0.50
Hanrahan (S, 12,13) 1.3 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 1.50
Lincoln 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00 0.00
Slaten 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Resop 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 9.00 3.00
Hughes, J 1.0 5 3 3 0 1 0 27.00 5.00
Watson 0.7 1 1 1 1 1 0 13.50 3.00
  Totals 27.0 22 10 9 8 16 0 3.00 1.11

Transactions: Placed RHP Juan Cruz on the Restricted List. Called up LHP Doug Slaten from AAA. Optioned IF/OF Yamaico Navarro to AAA. Recalled IF Jordy Mercer from
AAA.

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