Pittsburgh Pirates Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Cervelli is back in the Pirates' lineup Thursday, sitting behind the plate and batting fifth.
Impact: Cervelli received a routine day off Wednesday and replaces Chris Stewart for the Thursday matinee. Cervelli could improve on his .236 clip this year against Colon, who carries a 6.38 ERA in 2017.
News: Osuna is batting sixth and playing right field Thursday.
Impact: After clubbing a home run and driving in three runs Wednesday, he continues to fill in for Gregory Polanco, who's off the disabled list but available as a bench asset Thursday. Osuna, meanwhile, will face the Braves' Bartolo Colon, who's saddled with a 6.38 ERA in 48 innings.
News: Taillon (groin) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This outing was deemed "more competitive" than Tuesday's workout, per Berry, and is a positive sign for Taillon, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer on May 8. Expect Pittsburgh to release more details on the right-hander's upcoming schedule and prognosis for a possible return in the coming weeks.
News: The Pirates optioned Ortiz to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.
Impact: His demotion makes room for Gregory Polanco (hamstring) to return from the disabled list. Ortiz was fulfilling a utility role but went just 1-for-13 at the plate in nine appearances. He'll remain on call as organizational depth with a seat on the shuttle.
News: Polanco (hamstring) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list Thursday. He's not in the starting lineup but is on the card as a reserve option against the Braves, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Pirates sent Danny Ortiz to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear the necessary roster space. Polanco may appear as a pinch hitter, though fantasy players could throw him back into their lineups if they feel like taking a chance on gaining extra production during Thursday's lighter schedule.
News: McCutchen is not in the Pirates' Thursday lineup against the Braves, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The 30-year-old will ride the pine for the second straight game, though he knocked a pinch-hit single Wednesday. McCutchen could return to the lineup Friday, as no reason has been given other than rest. Adam Frazier slides to center field to take his place Thursday.
News: Polanco (hamstring) appears set to come off the disabled list Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "Early responses have been positive," head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said. "He feels really good right now."
Impact: Polanco got off to a terrible start in 2017 but had six hits in 14 at-bats prior to getting hurt. The team will welcome him back to the outfield, especially with Starling Marte (suspension) out until late July and Andrew McCutchen slumping.
News: Osuna went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI on Tuesday in Atlanta.
Impact: He raised his batting average to .152 in 46 at-bats during the month of May. Three of his four extra-base hits during the span have been homers. With the team committed to Josh Bell at first base, Osuna will likely continue to see spotty time in the outfield and come off the bench as a pinch-hitter.
News: McCutchen delivered a pinch-hit single in Tuesday's 12-5 win over Atlanta.
Impact: He led off the 10th inning with his hit, snapping an 0-for-15 stretch that dropped his batting average to .200. McCutchen would then go on to whiff in his second at-bat. The team hasn't yet revealed whether the outfielder will return to the starting lineup Thursday afternoon.
News: Mercer went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs against the Braves on Wednesday.
Impact: He's ripped seven hits in 13 at-bats over the past three games, including homering in each of the last two. Enjoy the ride while it lasts, as Mercer is pretty well established as a mediocre hitter in the middle infield at this point.
News: Frazier had a perfect day at the plate Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, four walks, a steal and three runs in a 10-inning win against the Braves.
Impact: His second-inning homer got the Pirates' offense going early, and Frazier never stopped doing his thing out of the leadoff spot. The young outfielder is now sporting a spectacular .370 batting average with a couple homers, a couple steals, 15 RBI and 15 runs through 27 games spent primarily in the leadoff spot. His sky-high BABIP suggests that regression is in the offing, but also that a .300 average may be sustainable; however, Frazier's modest pop and inefficient base stealing put a hard ceiling on his fantasy upside.
News: Williams went five innings against the Braves on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out six in a no-decision.
Impact: That marks a new season high in whiffs for the rookie, but he still isn't giving fantasy owners many reasons to invest -- Williams doesn't pitch deep into games, and his lack of elite pedigree means there won't be a mad dash to add him off the wire. There may be some temporary utility here in NL-only formats, but that's more or less it.
News: Trevor Williams allowed three runs on six hits in 5.0 innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-5 on Wednesday. Williams struck out six, ending the game with a 5.93 ERA and 1.45 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Williams has made three mildly effective starts in a row since getting bombed in his first, but it's still hard to say if he'll be in the rotation long term.
News: Jordy Mercer went 3 for 5 with a home run and an RBI Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5. The homer was his fourth of the season. Mercer scored twice. He ended the game with a .232 batting average.
Impact: Mercer's average was down to .203 before coming to Atlanta, where he's 7 for 13 with a pair of homers.
News: Juan Nicasio blew his second save, allowing one run on two hits in 1.0 inning, as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-5 on Wednesday. Nicasio struck out one, ending the game with a 1.74 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season.
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News: Johnny Barbato allowed one run on two hits in 1.0 inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-5 on Wednesday. Barbato struck out one, ending the game with a 3.14 ERA and 1.19 WHIP on the season.
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News: Felipe Rivero improved to 2-1, allowing no hits and one walk over 1.0 scoreless inning, as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-5 on Wednesday. Rivero struck out two, ending the game with a 0.73 ERA and 0.81 WHIP on the season.
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News: Daniel Hudson allowed two hits and one walk without giving up a run in 1.0 inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-5 on Wednesday. Hudson struck out one, ending the game with a 6.38 ERA and 1.85 WHIP on the season.
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News: Wade LeBlanc did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-5 on Wednesday. LeBlanc struck out two, ending the game with a 2.89 ERA and 1.04 WHIP on the season.
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News: Josh Bell went 0 for 6 Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5. He ended the game with a .243 batting average.
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News: Francisco Cervelli went 1 for 1 Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Atlanta Braves 12-5. He ended the game with a .236 batting average.
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News: Danny Ortiz went 0 for 3 Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5. He ended the game with a .083 batting average.
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News: Alen Hanson went 0 for 1 Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5. He ended the game with a .196 batting average.
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News: Gift Ngoepe went 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5. Ngoepe scored twice. He ended the game with a .234 batting average.
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News: David Freese went 1 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5. The homer was his fifth of the season. He ended the game with a .264 batting average.
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News: John Jaso went 0 for 3 Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5. He ended the game with a .196 batting average.
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News: Jose Osuna went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Atlanta Braves 12-5. The homer was his third of the season. He ended the game with a .225 batting average.
Impact: Osuna came through with the big two-out, bases-loaded two-run single in the ninth before homering - one of the Pirates' back-to-back-to-back shots - in the 10th.
News: Adam Frazier went 2 for 2 with a home run and three RBIs Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Atlanta Braves 12-5. The homer was his second of the season. Frazier scored three times and stole a base. He ended the game with a .370 batting average.
Impact: Frazier has been incredible so far this season. Over the last 11 days, he's had 47 plate appearances and been on base 28 times.
News: Andrew McCutchen went 1 for 2 Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5. McCutchen scored once. He ended the game with a .203 batting average.
Impact: McCutchen snapped a 0-for-15 slump with a pinch-hit single to lead off the 10th.
News: Josh Harrison went 2 for 6 with two RBIs Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 12-5. Harrison scored once. He ended the game with a .293 batting average.
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News: Chris Stewart went 0 for 3 Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Atlanta Braves 12-5. Stewart scored once. He ended the game with a .222 batting average.
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News: Taillon (groin) responded well following Tuesday's bullpen session and will throw another one Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This is very encouraging news, although there is still no timetable for his return to full action. Taillon will likely be evaluated after Thursday's outing, which should clarify the next steps in his rehab process.
News: McCutchen is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: McCutchen's awful season may have hit its nadir over the last three games, during which he's failed to record a hit in 12 at-bats. Either out of loyalty to McCutchen or as a means of building up his trade value, the Pirates probably won't strip the former National League MVP of his everyday role this season, but manager Clint Hurdle hinted that McCutchen wouldn't necessarily reenter the lineup in Thursday's series finale. Hurdle will call upon Danny Ortiz to make the start in center field Wednesday.
News: Cervelli is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This looks to be a routine off day for Cervelli, who was behind the plate for the first two games of the series. Chris Stewart checks into the lineup as a battery mate for starting pitcher Trevor Williams.
News: Danny Ortiz went 0 for 2 Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Atlanta Braves 6-5. He ended the game with a .111 batting average.
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News: Josh Bell went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5. Bell scored twice. He ended the game with a .254 batting average.
Impact: Bell is hitting .314 with four homers, four doubles and 11 RBIs over his last 11 games.
News: Josh Harrison went 3 for 5 Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Atlanta Braves 6-5. He ended the game with a .292 batting average.
Impact: Harrison had been struggling with just four hits in 19 at-bats over his previous five games.
News: Adam Frazier went 0 for 3 Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5. Frazier scored once. He ended the game with a .356 batting average.
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News: Francisco Cervelli went 2 for 4 Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Atlanta Braves 6-5. Cervelli scored once. He ended the game with a .230 batting average.
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News: Tony Watson fell to 2-1, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk in 0.2 innings, as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Tuesday. Watson struck out one, ending the game with a 3.54 ERA and 1.62 WHIP on the season.
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News: Johnny Barbato did not allow a hit or walk in 1.0 scoreless inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Tuesday. Barbato struck out one, ending the game with a 2.70 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the season.
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News: Tyler Glasnow allowed two runs on nine hits and two walks in 6.0 innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Tuesday. Glasnow struck out four, ending the game with a 6.69 ERA and 1.93 WHIP on the season.
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News: Felipe Rivero allowed one hit without giving up a run in 0.2 innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Tuesday. Rivero did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 0.76 ERA and 0.80 WHIP on the season.
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News: Wade LeBlanc blew his second save, allowing two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings, as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5 on Tuesday. LeBlanc did not strike out a batter, ending the game with a 3.00 ERA and 1.07 WHIP on the season.
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News: Alen Hanson went 1 for 4 Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Atlanta Braves 6-5. He ended the game with a .200 batting average.
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News: Jordy Mercer went 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Atlanta Braves 6-5. The homer was his third of the season. He ended the game with a .219 batting average.
Impact: Mercer was back in the lineup after leaving the Monday game early with right hand soreness after taking a ground ball off the base of his thumb.
News: John Jaso went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5. He ended the game with a .202 batting average.
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News: Andrew McCutchen went 0 for 5 Tuesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Atlanta Braves 6-5. He ended the game with a .200 batting average.
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