- Pedro Alvarez has started his rehab assignment, which is excellent news. He started at 3B for the GCL Pirates today and will be re-assigned to the Bradenton Marauders to continue his rehab. Hopefully this means Alvarez isn’t too far off from rejoining the club.
- Indian pitcher Rinku Singh has been promoted to State College from the GCL Pirates. 2011 draftee Jordan Cooper has been assigned to the GCL roster to take his place. Singh pitched in just one game in the GCL this season and pitched 4 scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts and no walks.
- RHP Kevin Hart visited Dr. James Andrews today and has been told to focus on rehab the next month instead of pitching. That piece of news is for all those people who actually remembered Hart was still with the organization.
- RHP Mike Crotta has been activated off the disabled list and optioned to AAA-Indianapolis. Crotta pitched in 10 2/3 innings out of the Pirates’ bullpen to start off the year and posted a 9.28 ERA with 7 strikeouts and 5 walks.
- The Pirates acquired Minor League catcher Miguel Perez from the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later or cash. Perez played for Altoona and Indianapolis in 2008-2009 and will serve as minor league depth at catcher after Wyatt Toregas suffered an injury in AAA-Indianapolis. Catcher has been a problem this year to say the least.
- Lastly SS Jordy Mercer has been promoted to AAA from AA-Altoona. The Bucs’ 2008 3rd round pick is showing a lot of pop for a middle infielder this year with a .267/.329/.487 with 13 homers in 265 AB. Mercer’s prospect status has taken a hit since being drafted, but an infielder with the power potential he possesses deserves a little attention.
It’s now official. Alex Presley is free.
Earlier today, the Pirates optioned seldom used infielder Pedro Ciriaco and called up OF Alex Presley from AAA-Indianapolis.
Presley has definitely deserved his call up as he is absolutely raking AAA pitching in the International League. Presley burst on to the scene last season as he was named the Pirate’s Minor League Player of the Year where he hit .320/.373/.494 between AA-Altoona and AAA-Indianapolis. His performance earned him a September call-up, where he hit .261/.292/.304 in 23 AB. This year, he has picked up where he left off with a .336/.389/.500 with 8 homers and 18 stolen bases in 292 AB for Indy.
Presley will hopefully get ample playing time and opportunities to show if he can contribute at this level. Depending on the extent of Jose Tabata’s strained quad may present Presley with even more opportunity.
Pedro Ciriaco will return to AAA-Indianapolis and probably pick up more than 6 at-bats in a month. I still have no idea why he was on the roster this long.
Final: Red Sox 4, Pirates 2
WP: Andrew Miller (1-0)
LP: Tim Wood (0-2)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (14)
Fortuately, I did not get to watch any of this game because it sounds like the Pirates pretty much gave it away. They made 4 errors that helped lead to 3 unearned runs against them.
Kudos to all the fans in Pittsburgh, though, as they actually broke last night’s attendance record with 39,511 people heading to the ball park today. Too bad they saw an ugly game. Bucs won the series, though, and finished the homestand 4-2. I will most definitely take it.
What is probably more important, though, is the fact that Jose Tabata left the game with an apparent left quad injury after legging out a bunt single to lead off the 1st inning. He actually needed carted off the field as he was unable to even get up from the ground. It is definitely not a good sign and it looks like a DL stint is in the very near future for Tabata. Tabata’s injury opens a door for Alex Presley to show what he can do with some regular playing time once he is called up.
Final: Pirates 6, Red Sox 4
WP: Jeff Karstens (5-4)
LP: Tim Wakefield (4-3)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (22)
39,483 were on hand tonight as the Pirates set a PNC Park record for attendance. The Bucs gave them a show, too, as they won their 4th game in a row, and 2nd straight against the AL’s best team.
Jeff Karstens, as usual, did what he does. He was excellent through 6 innings while giving up just 2 ER. Clint Hurdle put hiim back out in the 7th inning and he gave up 2 solo homers and 2 outs before Daniel Moskos would close out the 7th by getting Adrian Gonzalez to fly out with a runner on 2nd.
The Pirates took the lead in the 4th inning and never surrendered it. Lyle Overbay must have read my post earlier in the day and launched a 3-run homer to put the Pirates up 3-2. Jeff Karstens would then single in Ronny Cedeno later in the inning to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead.
The Bucs would tack on another in the 5th when Andrew McCutchen hit a ground ball that went right through Dustin Pedroia’s legs to score Chase d’Arnaud to make it 5-2. In a 5-4 game in the 7th, Garrett Jones would add on some insurance with a solo homer and Joel Hanrahan would close it out for his 22nd straight save this year.
The win puts them at 39-37 and a game back of St. Louis for 2nd place in the NL Central. They remain 3 games back of Milwaukee. They’ll go for what would be an incredible sweep of the Red Sox tomorrow afternoon. James McDonald will take the mound against Andrew Miller at 1:35 PM. Bring out your brooms!