The Pirates announced today that closer Joel Hanrahan has been placed on the Bereavement List due to the passing of his grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joel and his family in this time.
Trying something new here: a combined box score from the weekend’s four games.
|McCutchen, A, CF||10||0||1||0||0||1||8|
|Jones, G, 1B||7||1||1||2||0||2||3|
|Ponce, A, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Gonzalez, B, SS||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Holt, Br, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Santos, A, PH-RF||0||0||0||0||2||0||0|
|Aponte, F, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Cruz, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Diaz, Jo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Harvey, K, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Johnson, K, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|McCutchen, D, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Doubles: Hague (1), Barajas (4), Walker (3), McGehee (7)
Triples: Norman (1)
Homers: McGehee (1), Hague 3 (7), McKenry (1), Presley (2), G. Jones (4), McLouth (2)
SB: Santos, A (1), McCutchen, A (4),
CS: Harrison (2), Barmes (1)
|Johnson, K(W, 1-1)||2.0||2||0||0||0||1||0|
|Harvey, K(BS, 1)||1.0||1||1||1||1||1||1|
Let me know what you think, I may keep doing these during the season.
Transactions:Traded Brett Lorin to ARI for Robby Rowland. More on this one in a post later today.
Traded Ryota Igarashi to TOR for a PTBNL or cash. A quick trade tree for this one:
Brad Lincoln and Daniel McCutchen were optioned down to AAA, bringing the camp roster down to 27. The last two cuts will have to be made by Opening Day on Thursday.
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My first trade tree was about the Jason Bay trade. Since it was the first one I did I hadn’t worked out all of the ground rules I now use, such as including every instance a player appeared with the franchise, even if it wasn’t directly related to the original trade I was working on. Damaso Marte was an below average left handed reliever for the Pirates in 2006 and a pretty good one in 2007 and 2008 before he was sent to the Yankees with Xavier Nady for Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCutchen and Ross Ohlendorf. Marte’s rookie year with the team was in 2001 when he was acquired from the Yankees for Enrique Wilson. Before the next season began he was flipped to the White Sox for a younger, right handed reliever, Matt Guerrier. Pirates Prospects’ John Dreker has all the details on that trade in today’s This Date in Pirates History, but here’s the visual guide.
I had high hopes for the Wil Cordero trade, as I’m sure others did too. It seemed like Wilson was a highly thought of shortstop prospect at the time, so getting him and a young outfielder for a mediocre veteran looked great. Alas, it was not meant to be.
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If you missed it, check out Part 1: Pirate City.
As I walked into McKechnie I got word that Pedro Alvarez was in the batting cage.
This is five shots of five different swings I’ve put together in a gif. Pedro looked to be swinging well and the ball had a good sound coming off of his bat. The coach pitching to him was having him work on staying back. This was bout two hours before news broke that Alvarez has discomfort in his knee and will be held out for a few games. As you can see he’s not wearing a brace and I saw no sign of a limp. But as someone who has some knee issues of my own, I can say that certain movements trigger the pain more than others. It may be an issue where he can’t run or field as well as he needs to but swinging does no harm.
Good: Charlie Morton was lights out. 4 IP, 2 H, 2 K. Mostly groundballs. I’ll have more on him below. Matt Hague continued to look strong in his bid to make the big league club both at bat (2 run HR) and in the field (nice pick of a throw in the dirt.) Jose Tabata went 3-4.
Up and Down: Casey McGehee booted one easy grounder but made a nice play later on one which was hit harder. No hits fell in for him but he hit the ball square each time. Rod Barajas went 0-3 but had a good throw to catch Georgia Tech alum Tony Plagman stealing.
Just Bad: Daniel McCutchen was more unlucky than anything else. Most of the hits he gave up were soft ground balls that just eluded the defense. However, the grand slam was a no-doubter to centerfield.
After the game I was able to briefly speak with Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington. I asked him about Morton not being named to the rotation for the opening week in contrast with his stellar outing today, and if it was just a matter of getting him stretched out. I didn’t have a recorder so I’ll paraphrase in an attempt not to misquote Mr. Huntington.
- The team is in a fortunate position in that the schedule allows them to “find out where he is” and take the time to make sure Charlie is healthy and ready to go without rushing him.
- In a similar situation last year with James McDonald, James came back too quickly to start the year and ended up not performing well in April.
- Asked if Charlie could be used the first time the 5th starter is needed on April 14, Huntington responded that it was “an option.”
Barring any new developments, my gut says to look for Charlie on the 14th. Many thanks to Mr. Huntington for his time and words.
Tomorrow: Last day. Probably go to Pirate City and see if A.J. Burnett will be throwing his simulated game there.
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Today the Pirates released Craig Hansen, who has pitched 22 innings in the past two years due to a nerve injury in his shoulder. This has brought about some haranguing about the Jason Bay trade since the Pirates currently have no major league players to show for the deal. Here is the trade mentioned, with the current status (as related to the Pirates) for each player.
But that’s not the whole story. Bay didn’t just appear out of thin air; he was acquired in a trade for Brian Giles, who was acquired in a trade for Ricardo Rincon. If you step back far enough things get pretty interesting. Here is the entire chart of players traded or signed that went into the acquisition of Jason Bay, or were spoils of a related trade. It is a large graphic, so please click on the image to see the whole thing.
For Ricardo Rincon, Rob Mackowiak and Roberto Hernandez the Pirates now have three major leaguers, one depth pitcher and one good prospect. They also had five seasons of Brian Giles, five of Jason Bay, three of Oliver Perez, two of Xavier Nady and two and a half of Damaso Marte. Not a bad haul for two relief pitchers and a 53rd round draft pick.
UPDATE 5/17: Updated the chart to match the formatting of later charts.
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