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Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Snider (hamstring) is out of the lineup Friday against the Reds.
Impact: Snider left Wednesday's game with the injury and missed Thursday as well. The team recently demoted Gregory Polanco and promoted Jose Tabata, who will start in right field Friday and bat second for the Pirates.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
Impact: Cole is expected to make his next start, but was optioned to open up a roster spot before the rosters expand in September. He will almost certainly rejoin the roster at that point.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lambo was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
Impact: Lambo will provide the Pirates with an extra outfielder with Travis Snider currently on the shelf suffering from a hamstring issue. He will likely remain on the roster for the remainder of the season as rosters expand at the start of September.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Pirates have yet to clarify the specific injury Alvarez (foot) is suffering from or its prognosis, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Manager Clint Hurdle initially called the injury a sprain between two toes, but the third baseman has used a walking boot. In his last 10 games, Alvarez has eight hits in 30 at-bats, including three homers, one double and two stolen bases. The Pirates are expected to release additional information about Alvarez's status Friday afternoon.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Melancon picked up his 24th save of the season Wednesday, pitching a scoreless ninth and allowing just one hit.
Impact: Melancon has converted 24-of-28 saves this season, posting a 2.11 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP with 52 strikeouts in 55.1 innings.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Locke picked up his sixth win of the season Wednesday, giving up just one run on six hits and two walks, while striking out three in 7.1 innings against the Cardinals.
Impact: Locke is pitching surprisingly well again this season, posting a 3.51 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP since getting into the rotation in June.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Pirates' win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.
Impact: The home run was his third of the month but he hasn't done much else. He should see a bump in playing time if Pedro Alvarez (foot) misses significant time.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Snider left Wednesday's game with left hamstring discomfort.
Impact: Snider reached base on a bunt single in the bottom of the third inning, but appeared to tweak his hamstring while doing so. He was lifted for pinch-runner Jose Tabata and will undergo treatment for the injury. The Pirates are expected to update Snider's status after reevaluating his condition Thursday.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen (left rib discomfort) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Impact: True to his word, McCutchen will man center field after he downplayed the injury that forced him out of Tuesday's game. The rib discomfort is an injury that McCutchen will likely have to negotiate on an on-and-off basis throughout the rest of the season, but it's unlikely to result in him missing any extended action.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez (foot) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Impact: Alvarez could be down for at least a couple of days after he was diagnosed with a sprained foot following Tuesday's game. Ike Davis will slot back in at first base in his place.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole gave up two runs on three hits in six innings while walking one and fanning nine in Tuesday's no-decision against the visiting Cardinals.
Impact: The nine whiffs were just one shy of his season high of 10 on April 10 in his second start of the season. Cole also kept the ball in the ballpark for the sixth start in a row and has given up just eight homers in 98.2 innings this season. The sophomore will bring his 3.65 ERA and 93:34 K:BB into St. Louis for his next start Monday.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: McCutchen has left Pittsburgh's game with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday with left rib discomfort.
Impact: McCutchen departed after flying out to right in the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday night. The reigning NL MVP spent 15 days on the disabled list with fractured rib cartilage earlier this month and appeared to aggravate the injury in the third inning when he collided with the wall while tracking down a fly ball by Matt Carpenter.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen, who left Tuesday's game with left rib discomfort, said he expects to play in Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: McCutchen was pulled in the sixth inning of Tuesday's contest after he slammed into the wall earlier in the game, aggravating the injury that resulted in a stay on the DL earlier this month. The outfielder noted that he hasn't been fully healed since returning, and that on some days, the soreness is more persistent than others. The injury isn't something that should cost McCutchen much time the rest of the way while the Pirates remain in the race for the NL Central crown. McCutchen went 0-for-3 before leaving Tuesday, but he's otherwise hit pretty well since returning, smacking three homers in seven games.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez (foot) was diagnosed with a sprain between two of his toes on his left foot, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Alvarez reportedly left the clubhouse wearing a walking boot, which would seem to suggest he might have to miss a few games. If that's the case, it would provide an unwelcome disruption just when Alvarez was starting to heat up at the plate while settling in defensively at first base. He went 0-for-3 prior to departing Tuesday, but had collected two walks and four hits -- including three homers -- in his previous three contests.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez left Tuesday's game against the Cardinals with left foot discomfort.
Impact: The timing couldn't be much worse for Alvarez and the Pirates, as Alvarez was finally beginning to show some life at the plate in recent days and Andrew McCutchen left earlier Tuesday with an aggravation of his rib injury. That said, the extent of Alvarez's injury is uncertain.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen was lifted from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals after five innings with left rib discomfort.
Impact: The aggravation occurred in the third inning, when he crashed into the outfield wall tracking a ball off the bat of Matt Carpenter. McCutchen will be evaluated Wednesday, but the Pirates could opt to hold him out of the finale against St. Louis to give him two full days to recuperate with the team off Thursday.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: McCutchen went 3 for 4 with a home run in Monday's loss to St. Louis.
Impact: McCutchen's power is coming around with three homers in four games after going 19 without one.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mercer is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Mercer has started the last six games at shortstop yet notched just four hits, all singles, in 21 at-bats. He'll yield short to Clint Barmes, who is batting eighth in the order.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barmes (groin) was reinstated from the DL and recalled Monday.
Impact: Barmes will come up from Triple-A Indianapolis, where he was rehabbing the strained groin that cost him seven weeks. Barmes, who hasn't played since June 29, is hitting .239 with four RBI and 18 strikeouts in 88 at-bats this season. In a corresponding move, Pittsburgh designated Jayson Nix for assignment.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polanco was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.
Impact: In somewhat of a surprising move, the Pirates optioned Polanco as a corresponding move to recalling Jose Tabata from Triple-A. Polanco won't be away for long, though, as he's almost certain to return when rosters expand next month.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tabata was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.
Impact: The 26-year-old has split the season between the Pirates and Triple-A. In 62 games for Pittsburgh, Tabata is hitting .289/.327/.331 with four doubles and 14 RBI. In a corresponding move, the Pirates optioned Gregory Polanco to Triple-A.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Monday against the Cardinals.
Impact: McCutchen is heating up as he has a home run in three of his last four games. The Pirates will need him to continue to lead their offense as they make a run towards the playoffs.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Liriano did not record a decision Monday against the Cardinals as he allowed four hits and three walks to go along with eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings.
Impact: Liriano was in line for the win Monday, but his bullpen was unable to hold onto a slim one-run lead when he left the game. He allowed seven earned run in his last start against the Braves, but had allowed two earned runs or less in each of his six starts before that. He continues to be an excellent source for strikeouts as he has 135 strikeouts in 124.1 innings this season.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Pirates sent struggling rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday and recalled outfielder Jose Tabata.
Impact: Polanco made his major league debut on June 10 but has slumped since the All-Star break. The 22-year-old had just one hit in his final 30 at bats before heading back to Indianapolis.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morton (sports hernia) will make a rehab start at Double-A Altoona on Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Morton is expected to throw five innings, with a cap around 75 pitches. The Pirates would probably prefer to have Morton make two turns in the minors before returning to the rotation, but with the team in a dogfight for one of the two Wild Card spots, his activation could be hastened.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis will be on the bench for the fifth straight game Monday against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: With Pedro Alvarez transitioning over to first base in light of his ongoing defensive struggles at third base, Davis seems destined to see only pinch-hitting duty and the occasional spot start the rest of the season. In an ideal scenario for the Pirates, Davis would at least be one half of a platoon at first base, but even that's not possible since both he and Alvarez are left-handed batters.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polanco was sent to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday following the game, but the team has yet to officially announce the move, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.
Impact: Polanco's move to the minors appears to be temporary, as he will likely finish the minor league season with Indianapolis, but will probably rejoin the Pirates in September. The team has yet to announce the move or the corresponding move, but that should come at some point in the near future.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: McCutchen hit his 19th homer and second in three games Sunday, going yard in a 4-3 loss at Milwaukee.
Impact: McCutchen has scored eight runs and driven in six over his last nine games.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Field was designated for assignment by the Pirates on Sunday.
Impact: Field's designation means he won't play in the majors this season unless another team claims him. He played 10 games with Triple-A Indianapolis after being claimed by the Pirates, hitting .297 with nine RBI and six runs scored over that period.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: LaFromboise was claimed off waivers by the Pirates on Sunday and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: LaFromboise pitched the season in Triple-A for the Padres, posting a 4.75 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 53 innings with the club. With his addition to the 40-man roster, it's possible that he could find some time in the majors with the turn of the calendar to September looming.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polanco went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts against the Brewers on Sunday in his first start since Aug. 18.
Impact: His performance didn't do him any favors Sunday. Travis Snider, who pinch hit for Polanco against Milwaukee, has cooled off a bit with one hit in his last 11 at-bats, but he's 4-for-8 against Monday starter John Lackey. Look for Polanco to ride the bench Monday as manager Clint Hurdle will likely look at matchups more than ever to determine whether to start Polanco or Snider in right field.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen, who hit his 19th homer Sunday, says he's playing at less than full strength following a rib fracture. "It's good enough to play. It's good enough to swing," McCutchen told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "That's probably how it's going to be the rest of the season. It's going to be good enough."
Impact: McCutchen's injury situation throws up a red flag for fantasy owners, but the center fielder hit two home runs over the weekend at less than 100 percent. At this point in the pennant race, McCutchen will likely play through pain he might decide to sit out in April or May. His status will go a long way toward determining Pittsburgh's postseason hopes.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marte went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Marte has been stellar since coming off the disabled list earlier this month, hitting .371 with four homers, six doubles, 10 RBI, and four stolen bases in 19 games.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Worley surrendered 12 hits and four earned runs in 6.1 innings against Milwaukee on Sunday. He struck out five and walked one.
Impact: Worley's solid start to his season has dissipated lately, as he's posted a 6.11 ERA and 1.92 WHIP over his last three assignments. The right-hander will be hoping for a better outing at home against Cincinnati on Saturday.
Sun. Aug 24, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed LaFromboise off waivers from San Diego.
Impact: Pittsburgh optioned the 28-year-old LaFromboise to Triple-A Indianapolis. He was 1-2 with three saves and a 4.75 ERA in 58 relief appearances for the Padres' Triple-A team at El Paso.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen has six hits - including four home runs - in 11 career at-bats against Milwaukee's Sunday starter, Mike Fiers.
Impact: He's 3-for-9 with a dinger in his last two games after going hitless in first eight at-bats off the DL. Make sure McCutchen is in your starting lineup Sunday.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polanco has returned to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers, Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Polanco will return Sunday from a four-game hiatus. Part of his absence was due to the hot bat of Travis Snider and the return of Andrew McCutchen, but Polanco hasn't impressed at the big-league level. He is hitting just .235 in the month of August with just one home run, but will get a chance to get on the right path Sunday.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin bashed his seventh homer Saturday -- a three-run shot -- against Milwaukee, going 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI.
Impact: The home run total may be down -- Martin averaged 18 dingers over the last three years -- but a .288 batting average is his best since 2007, when he finished with a .293 mark. The Pirates have gone out of their way to keep the catcher from wearing down, and it's paying dividends.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Brewers on Saturday.
Impact: Two of his three run-producing hits were little more than flares hit to left field, but Walker, who entered Saturday with the 19th-best line drive percentage (22.7) in the NL, will gladly take any luck he can get. Owners need to continue monitoring Walker and his wonky back, but for now, he's playing well and appears to be healthy.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Volquez (11-7), who won for the seventh time in eight decisions Saturday, allowed two runs on 11 hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out three batters.
Impact: Despite allowing a liberal number of hits, Volquez pitched effectively in key spots. He retired both Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. The righty threw 104 pitches (including 69 for strikes). His leash might have been shorter if the Bucs hadn't held a six-run lead during the last two innings he pitched, but the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent kept the Brewers in check.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a walk, two homers, four RBI, and his seventh stolen base of the season Saturday in Milwaukee.
Impact: Playing first base for just the second time in his career -- he was lifted for a defensive replacement in the sixth inning -- El Toro belted a pair of 97-mph, Wily Peralta fastballs into the left field stands at Miller Park. Alvarez, who sees fewer fastballs than nearly any other big leaguer, got ahead in the count both times he went deep after walking his first time up. It remains to be seen whether he can duplicate his efforts against off-speed pitchers, but at least for one night, he delivered for owners.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polanco, who is out of the starting lineup for the fourth day in a row Saturday, is "not in perpetual timeout," according to manager Clint Hurdle, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Travis Sawchik reports.
Impact: Hurdle says he has a date in mind to get Polanco back in the lineup, but said he'd tell Polanco before he'd tell the media. He has a .235 average with just one home run in 18 August games, but he does have six doubles, six walks, and four steals this month, so it's not like he's been a complete disaster. Hopefully he'll supplant Travis Snider and reclaim his rightful spot as the starting right fielder in short order.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sanchez went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts in his debut as a first baseman Friday night for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Impact: Sanchez has thrown out only seven of 62 baserunners from behind the plate and is no longer seen as the Pirates' preferred option at catcher when and if Russell Martin departs for free agency after the 2014 season. Moreover, Sanchez has struggled offensively in the minors, as he's hitting .226/.336/.421 with 10 homers and 40 RBI in 235 at-bats, but he's swung the batter better with Pittsburgh (.278/.316./.375) in 72 at-bats. It's becoming a long shot that the 2009 first-round pick catches regularly in the majors, but his bat could still play in the majors at another position.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Barmes (groin) might be able to rejoin the team during the upcoming series against the Cardinals, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: If Barmes is ready to return this week, he'll reprise his role as a spot starter at shortstop behind Jordy Mercer, but that role will afford him with very few chances to accrue at-bats.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Despite walking six batters, Locke (5-3) held Milwaukee to two runs in six innings Friday. He gave up two hits (including a homer) while failing to record a strikeout.
Impact: The lefty threw more balls (57) than strikes (44), struggling with his fastball command. Locke benefited by a questionable sixth-inning call at third base but walked away with his third victory in his last four starts.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marte went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and his 24th stolen base of the season Friday in Milwaukee.
Impact: The three runs matched his season high even though he batted out of the seventh spot in the lineup -- Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo's splits against right-handed batters (.218) was better than lefties (.273) heading into Friday. Marte is batting .371 (23-for-62) since returning from a concussion in early August.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen crushed his 18th homer of the season Friday, going 2-for-5 with his first homer since belting a pair in Cincinnati on July 12.
Impact: McCutchen's 438-foot blast to right-center field stuck in the wheel well of a promotional Toyota, giving fantasy owners plenty of reason to ride out the season with Cutch. He's now hit 13 career homers in Miller Park, more than in any other road venue.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Harrison went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and five RBI from the leadoff spot Friday in Milwaukee.
Impact: All of his runs batted in came with two outs. The homer was his first since Aug. 2 and 11th overall. Harrison entered Friday mired in a 6-for-30 slump but worked his way out of it in a hurry.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Pirates will play Sanchez at first base Friday, even though Milwaukee is starting the right-handed Yovani Gallardo.
Impact: Sanchez is batting .242 (8-for-33) with two homers and six RBI in his career against Gallardo, giving him better numbers than his two competitors -- Ike Davis (0-for-8) and Pedro Alvarez (2-for-29) -- against the Brewers pitcher.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Snider will bat second and play right field Friday night against the Brewers.
Impact: The outfielder is batting .459 (17-for-37) with three homers and seven RBI in his last 10 games. Snider is now even playing ahead of Gregory Polanco in right field, though that will likely change whenever he cools off. The former Blue Jay is also playing well in the field, making it difficult for manager Clint Hurdle to even consider sitting him right now.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polanco is out of the lineup Friday against the Brewers.
Impact: Friday's absence will mark Polanco's third straight, as it seems manager Clint Hurdle is more inclined to go with the hot hand of Travis Snider in right field at the moment. Polanco has notched just one hit in his last seven games (27 at-bats), lowering his season line to a disappointing .244/.311/.354. The Pirates surely aren't going to give up on the 22-year-old, but they have been sinking in the standings and can't really afford to let him work through his struggles right now.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez, who has two hits in 29 career at-bats against Friday starter Yovani Gallardo, is out of the lineup again Friday.
Impact: Manager Clint Hurdle appears reluctant to turn back to Alvarez at first base, after he struggled in his debut at the position Monday. The 27-year-old is set to sit Friday for a third straight day, and considering his dismal .176/.176/.235 batting line this month, it seems safe to say Alvarez's opportunities will remain limited over the final five weeks or so of the season.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Harrison is batting .167 (6-for-30) in his last seven games.
Impact: Manager Clint Hurdle recently committed to Harrison as the Bucs' primary third baseman for the rest of 2014, calling him the team's "top option" at third base. He's expanded the strike zone in recent days, likely in an effort to help Pittsburgh halt a seven-game losing streak (which ended Wednesday). Harrison ranks sixth in the NL with a .304 batting average, but every time he slumps fantasy owners might wonder if his hot run is over. With Andrew McCutchen back, Harrison won't feel the pressure of carrying the team's offense.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen is hitless in eight at-bats since returning from the DL, an indication that his timing isn't quite right yet.
Impact: He saw a team-leading 21 pitches in four at-bats Wednesday, but expanded the strike zone in hitters' counts to help get himself out. A 96 mph fastball from David Carpenter nearly plunked McCutchen in the ninth inning, but the NL MVP was able to twist out of the way without reinjuring himself -- a good sign going forward. McCutchen has 12 homers and a career .936 OPS at Miller Park, where Pittsburgh plays its next three games, giving him a chance to get back on track. Since the All-Star break, the center fielder is batting .200/.321/.262 in 78 plate appearances.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morton, who was originally placed on the DL on Sunday with right hip inflammation, has been re-diagnosed with a sports hernia, MLB.com's Tom Singer reports.
Impact: Morton still intends to return this season. However, the nature of this injury would seem to be more problematic than simple inflammation. Sports hernias typically require a surgical procedure, but Morton plans to push that back to the offseason in an attempt to pitch through the ailment. The Pirates are quickly fading from the NL playoff race in the wake of their seven-game losing streak, and if they find themselves out of contention by the time Morton is deemed ready to return, the team brass may just opt to shut the right-hander down for the season and send him in for surgery.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polanco is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Polanco finds himself out of the lineup for the second straight game as a result of a swoon at the plate that his seen him go 1-for-26 over his last six starts. He's not in danger of losing his hold on a starting job, but the Pirates are desperate to get their hotter bats in the lineup at this time while the team carries a seven-game losing streak into Wednesday's contest.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Though a switch-hitter, Walker has performed much better against right-handers (.278/.347/.457) than lefties (.259/.317/.336) over his career, prompting manager Clint Hurdle to give Jayson Nix a look at second base. Walker should be a regular in the Pittsburgh lineup most nights regardless of the handedness of the opposing pitcher, but his recent return from a back injury might have also factored into Hurdle's decision to give him a day off.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis is not in the lineup Wednesday vs. the Braves, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Davis will sit for the second time in the series with a left-hander on the mound in Alex Wood. Pedro Alvarez, who started Monday's game at first base instead of his usual third base spot, will also sit out Wednesday, allowing Gaby Sanchez to pick up the rare starting nod.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: With five straight starts under his belt, Martin will give way to backup Chris Stewart on Wednesday. Though Martin's home run numbers are down, he's offset that to an extent with a .285 batting average, a mark 60 points higher than a season earlier.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morel was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.
Impact: He'll head back to the minors to make way for Gerrit Cole's return from the DL. Morel would have had difficulty seeing at-bats if he had remained with Pittsburgh anyway, given the presence of Josh Harrison and Pedro Alvarez at third base.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Snider went 2-for-3 with a run scored Wednesday against the Braves.
Impact: With Andrew McCutchen's return from the disabled list Tuesday, Snider will almost certainly lose playing time in the coming weeks. He continues to swing a very hot bat, however, which will likely lead manager Clint Hurdle to find ways to keep him in the mix for the near term.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen went 0-for-4 for the second straight day Wednesday following his activation from the disabled list Tuesday.
Impact: There are some questions as to whether McCutchen will actually get back to 100 percent down the stretch, but it's very difficult to sit a player of his caliber even if there are lingering concerns about his health.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole struck out six and walked four while holding the Braves to two runs on five hits over seven innings in his return from the disabled list Wednesday.
Impact: Considering that he pitched deep into the game and was able to throw 97 pitches, Cole doesn't appear to have any restrictions at this point. The young right-hander's health will be crucial to the Pirates' push for a return to the postseason, and he'll make his next start Tuesday in Game 2 of a huge series against the Cardinals.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Gerrit Cole from the 15-day disabled list and will start him right away against Atlanta. Cole came off the DL on Wednesday night to face the Braves.
Impact: Cole was put on the disabled list for the second time this season on July 9 because of soreness in his right lat. He also was out for three weeks in June because of right shoulder soreness. The overall No. 1 pick from the 2011 draft is 7-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 starts.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Padres designated LaFromboise for assignment Wednesday.
Impact: It's hard to believe LaFromboise remained on the 40-man roster as long as he did, as he's struggled to the tune of a 4.75 ERA and 1.67 WHIP across 58 appearances with El Paso this season. It seems the Padres have finally thrown in the towel on the 28-year-old, but LaFromboise may stick around as organizational depth.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole (back) was activated from the 15-day DL in advance of Wednesday's start against the Braves.
Impact: Cole's return couldn't come at a better time with the Pirates riding a seven-game losing streak. The team's playoff hopes may be starting to fade as a result, but if Cole returns to pitch at the level he did last September, they could make up ground quickly.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Andrew McCutchen (ribs) returning from the DL Tuesday, Martinez will head back to Triple-A, where he owns a .252/.302/.322 slash line in 270 at-bats this season. The 31-year-old has appeared in 26 games for Pittsburgh, going just 5-for-39 at the plate with 13 strikeouts.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen (ribs) was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and is in the lineup against the Braves, the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.
Impact: McCutchen, who has not played since Aug. 3 due to a broken rib, will bat third and play his usual center field. He took batting practice Monday and will look to pick up where he left off, as he hit the DL in the midst of an impressive four-game span during which he went 6-for-13 at the plate with two doubles, three walks and four RBI. On the season, McCutchen is hitting .311 with 17 home runs 67 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Marte went 3 for 4 with two home runs and a double in Monday's loss to Atlanta.
Impact: Over 10 games, Marte is batting .405 with three homers, a triple, four doubles and eight RBIs.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mercer (forearm) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Braves.
Impact: The 27-year-old will return after missing four starts with the forearm injury, but he intimated that he's still less than 100 percent. While Mercer suggested he'll be fine to play through it so long as his pain doesn't get worse, it would make sense if the Pirates provided him additional maintenance in the short term.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker smoked his career-high 17th homer Monday, going 2-for-4 with a walk against the Braves.
Impact: The second baseman made just his fourth start in August due to a back injury. Walker is 3-for-9 against Tuesday starter Aaron Harang and is expected to then get the day off Wednesday.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Snider could lose playing time with the anticipated return of Andrew McCutchen on Tuesday.
Impact: Snider went 2-for-4 with a double Monday and is batting .350/.409/.638 with six homers and 18 RBI in 88 plate appearances since July 12. With Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco entrenched in the corner outfield spots, that leaves Snider on the outside looking in. Snider, like Pedro Alvarez, practiced at first base recently, but it's unlikely the Bucs try another untested player at first in the midst of a pennant race. Snider owners may have to wait for another injury before he receives steady playing time again.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez went 0-for-4 in his debut at first base Monday against Atlanta.
Impact: Although he wasn't charged with an error, he struggled defensively. He also stranded four baserunners and grounded into a double play. Alvarez has hit two home runs since June and is a big reason why the Bucs have fallen in the standings.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marte (wrist) went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs and a double Monday against the Braves.
Impact: Marte's wrist looks to be fine as his bat was lethal Monday. Although he has three home runs over his last four games, don't expect a ton of power from him as he only has eight home runs overall this season.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Worley lost Monday against the Braves as he pitched six innings and allowed six runs (five earned), nine hits and two walks to go along with eight strikeouts.
Impact: Worley has had mixed results over his last three starts as even though he allowed nine earned runs over 18.1 innings, he did record a total of 19 strikeouts. His overall ERA is impressive at 2.92 and the Pirates will likely continue to look to him to provide quality innings down the stretch.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barmes (groin) moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Barmes will be eligible to return from the DL whenever he's deemed ready, but because he's missed the last six weeks with a groin strain, a lengthy rehab assignment will be required. The Pirates expect to have him back at some point in late August.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez will make his first career start at first base Monday vs. the Braves, MLB.com reports.
Impact: The rise of Josh Harrison in the face of Alvarez's decline on defense has prompted the Pirates to explore using their slugger elsewhere, but it's uncertain how much playing time he'll see at first base. Alvarez remains one of the Pirates' top home run threats despite his downturn in production this season, and could still salvage 2014 if he can get on a hot spell over the final month and a half.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis is out of the lineup Monday vs. the Braves, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Davis will give way to Pedro Alvarez at first base Monday, a development that could become more of a trend given the latter's ongoing defensive struggles at third base, as well as Josh Harrison's ascension into an everyday role. Alvarez has offered better power numbers than Davis the last two seasons, but Davis' .354 on-base percentage and strong track record against right-handers may make him the superior option at first base.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mercer (forearm) is not in the lineup Monday vs. the Braves, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Mercer has been able to pinch-hit in two of his last three games, so although he remains out of the starting lineup, it doesn't appear that the team is considering placing him on the DL quite yet. He was able to take ground balls, but did not make any throws while working out during the pregame session. Expect Mercer to be available Monday in a pinch-hitting capacity yet again.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marte (wrist) will return to the lineup Monday vs. the Braves, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Marte was seen wearing a wrapping on his wrist after Sunday's contest, but it appears that he was only doing so as a precautionary measure to reduce the swelling. He apparently checked out fine during pregame warmups and should be slated to play a full nine innings Monday.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager Clint Hurdle said that although the Pirates haven't made an official decision yet, he's optimistic McCutchen (broken rib) will return from the DL on Tuesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Tuesday marks the first day McCutchen would be eligible to return from the DL, and with the outfielder believed to be progressing swiftly from the broken rib, the Pirates will likely waste no time to get him back in their lineup. He participated in batting practice Monday and will likely have to complete his gamut of pregame activities with no concerns prior to Tuesday's game before the Pirates make an official decision on his status.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole (back) has been confirmed as Wednesday's starter, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.
Impact: Cole was fully expected to start Wednesday in place of the injured Charlie Morton (hip), but the news is now official. The right-hander is 3-1 over four rehab starts for Triple-A Indianapolis, owning a 2.01 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over that span. He'll now be a mainstay in the Pittsburgh rotation while attempting to help the team earn a playoff berth.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen (ribs), who has taken batting practice and has run the bases in recent days, is eligible to return from the DL as soon as Tuesday.
Impact: He hasn't encountered any setbacks as he works his way back from an avulsion fracture of his 11th rib. As a result, it looks like fantasy owners in weekly leagues will want to activate the reigning NL MVP, even if he misses the first two or three games of Week 21.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Snider went 2-for-4 with a couple of singles in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Nationals.
Impact: Snider finished up a red-hot week at the plate by extending his current hitting streak to eight games. Over this stretch, the 26-year-old outfielder is batting an even .400 with three homers, three doubles and seven RBI. Snider should continue to see regular playing time as long as Andrew McCutchen (ribs) remains out.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marte, who made a late-inning sliding catch Sunday, had his wrist wrapped after the game, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Impact: Marte took more than his fair share of abuse Sunday. The outfielder was also plunked on his left shoulder by a fastball at the plate. The team won't likely know until sometime Monday when the swelling goes down as to whether Marte might miss any time.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Volquez turned in 6.1 innings versus the Nationals on Sunday, allowing four runs (one earned), six hits and two walks while striking out five.
Impact: Volquez continued his solid month with Sunday's performance. Over four starts in August, the Pirates' right-hander has posted an impressive 2.16 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 across 25 innings. Volquez will look to keep it going next weekend in Milwaukee.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager Clint Hurdle said that Harrison was fine after the infielder/outfielder slid awkwardly into second base Sunday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Harrison has dealt with injuries to his left ankle throughout 2014, so there's still a chance he's not yet out of the woods. He started at shortstop over the weekend, going 2-for-5 with a run scored in an extra-inning loss Sunday.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alvarez went 2-for-4 against Washington on Sunday and is hitting .263 with a double and two RBI while starting at either third base or DH in Pittsburgh's last five games.
Impact: The infielder committed yet another costly throwing error Sunday and leads the majors with 25 miscues. Alvarez has struck out 10 times without drawing a walk in his last five games, yet he will likely continue starting until the team moves Josh Harrison back to third when Andrew McCutchen comes off the DL or Jordy Mercer is healthy enough to play short. McCutchen is eligible to return as soon as Tuesday while Mercer is day-to-day.
Sun. Aug 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list with right hip inflammation and recalled infielder Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Impact: Morton is 5-12 with a 3.84 ERA and hasn't won since July 2. In his last two starts, he allowed 10 earned runs over eight innings in losses to San Diego and Washington.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mercer (forearm) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals, MLB.com's Tom Singer reports.
Impact: Mercer will miss his third straight contest due to forearm tightness, with Josh Harrison once again taking over at shortstop. The Pirates recalled Brent Morel from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday to serve as a reserve infielder in case Mercer's absence is extended or if he eventually requires a DL stint.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole (back) is on track to start Wednesday against the Braves, MLB.com's Tom Singer reports.
Impact: Cole has passed all his rehab tests in the minors, and had already been told that he'd return to the mound for the Pirates at some point this week. The only uncertainty here was what day he would arrive, but with Charlie Morton's placement on the 15-day DL on Sunday, it seems probable that Cole will take his rotation spot Wednesday. If any owners had previously cut bait on the youngster during his extended absence, it would be wise to scoop him up as soon as possible in just about any format.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morel was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.
Impact: Morel will serve as a reserve infielder for the Pirates in the short term, taking the roster spot of Charlie Morton, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday with hip inflammation. With Gerrit Cole (back) set to be activated later next week, it seems likely that Morel could be deemed expendable at that point.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morton was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday due to right hip inflammation.
Impact: Morton lasted just three innings Friday and has allowed five earned runs in back-to-back starts, but it's possible the injury has affected his performance. He'll be out of commission until early September, with the move clearing up a spot for Gerrit Cole to start Wednesday against the Braves. For now, Brent Morel was recalled to serve as a temporary replacement on the roster.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI in Saturday's loss to Washington.
Impact: Making his typical start against a lefty, Sanchez paced the Pirates' offense Saturday night. Even in a situation where he's platooned, he's hit just .234/.301/.405 this season.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Locke struck out six and walked two while giving up four hits over 5.2 scoreless innings Saturday night against Washington.
Impact: A rare let down from the Pittsburgh bullpen -- specifically, Tony Watson -- prevented Locke from getting into the win column. With Gerrit Cole (back) nearing a return, the Pirates have a decision to make in the back of their rotation between Locke and Edinson Volquez.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole (back) will either start Wednesday at home against Atlanta or Friday in Milwaukee, depending upon whom the team removes from the rotation, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: "He's passed all the tests," manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday. "We have every anticipation we'll activate him when we determine when his next time to pitch up here will be." Cole holds a better career road ERA (3.17) than home (3.68), making his one start in Week 21 less dependent upon the location than one might think.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McCutchen (ribs) was able to run the bases and even took batting practice Saturday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: McCutchen is currently on the 15-day disabled list, but is eligible to return on Aug. 19. Being that he still has a couple more days to test out the ribs, the Pirates' star returning on the 19th seems like a real possibility.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker (back) will likely be in the lineup for the Pirates' next three games, starting Sunday, but will have Wednesday off, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: The Pirates want to make sure that Walker will be able to stay on the field for the rest of the season, albeit with scheduled days off to prevent his back issues from flaring up. Jayson Nix seems like a probable replacement when Walker stays in the dugout.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed that Cole (back) will start for the major league team this upcoming week, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: While the team has not yet set a date for Cole to return to the rotation, he will toe the major league rubber next week for the first time since July 4. Back issues have limited Cole to just 14 starts this season, but if his rehab outing Friday with Triple-A Indianapolis is any indication (seven shutout innings), he could be a major factor over the final six weeks or so.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker is out of the Pirates' lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
Impact: Although Walker was able to play a full nine innings Friday in his return from a five-game absence, the team evidently feels he's not quite ready to start on consecutive days. Jayson Nix will start in his place Saturday, but look for Walker to return to the keystone for the series finale against Washington.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mercer (forearm) is not in the lineup Saturday versus the Nationals.
Impact: Mercer continues to deal with the forearm tightness that prevented him from taking the field Friday. Josh Harrison will again step in and make the start at shortstop. As of now, Mercer continues to be listed as day-to-day, but if the tightness doesn't subside within the next day or two, the Pirates may have a decision to make.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole (back) threw seven shutout innings and 92 pitches (59 for strikes) Friday for Triple-A Indianapolis. He appears set to rejoin the Pirates rotation in the coming week.
Impact: The right-hander hit a hiccup in his rehab several starts ago but has rebounded nicely with 13 straight scoreless innings. Cole's velocity has returned, and it looks like he'll start in Milwaukee next weekend.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martin went 0-for-4 against Washington on Friday, ending an 11-game hitting streak for the catcher.
Impact: Martin, who compiled a .341/.404/.512 slash line over his hot stretch, will likely sit out either Saturday or Sunday. With an .802 OPS in 325 plate appearances, he continues to increase his market value as an unrestricted free agent following the 2014 season.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Polanco went 0-for-3 with a walk and his 12th stolen base Friday.
Impact: The rookie is looking for any opportunity to add to his stolen base total - Polanco is 4-for-6 in his last 12 games, alone. The power is also there -- he's hit six homers and owns an .804 OPS in August -- but the speed aspect of his game might be more reliable at this young stage of his career.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marte, who homered Friday for the first time since June 13, is 1-for-6 with a homer against Saturday starter Gio Gonzalez.
Impact: Marte has reached base in each of the 11 games he's played in August since returning from a concussion and has played admirably in center field with Andrew McCutchen (ribs) sidelined. With successes on 23 of 31 swipes and six homers after belting 12 last year, it wouldn't be surprising to see Marte go deep again Saturday.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored Friday in just his third start since July.
Impact: Walker made it through the entire game, which is a good sign for the second baseman. With Andrew McCutchen (ribs) on the DL for at least another four days, the Pirates will rely on Walker to provide punch in the middle of the order. Walker hit cleanup against a right-handed starter Friday but will likely bat lower Saturday with southpaw Gio Gonzalez on the mound for Washington.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mercer (forearm) is out of the lineup Friday against the Nationals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: With Mercer ailing, super-utility man Josh Harrison will step in for his first start at short since 2012. After leaving Thursday's game, Mercer said he has never dealt with a similar injury before, but there's been nothing from the team to suggest he's facing an extended absence.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker (back) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Back issues have kept Walker from 10 of the team's last 12 games, but he was available off the bench Thursday and will return to the lineup Friday to take on right-hander Tanner Roark. Walker will slot back in as the cleanup hitter, a spot in which he's hit .260/.325/.521 with four homers in 73 at-bats this season.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Axford made his Pirates' debut Friday, striking out two in a perfect inning of work.
Impact: He put together a solid run at the end of last season after joining the Cardinals, and the Bucs are hoping lightning can strike twice for Axford. Even if he pitches well in a setup role though, don't look for him to challenge Mark Melancon for the closer spot.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Harrison had a rough night Friday, going 0-for-5 and popping out to end the game with the tying run on third base.
Impact: Harrison has fallen back to earth since his 13-game hitting streak, batting just .200 (5-for-25) over his last six games. He's still got a strong .308/.346/.496 line on the season though, and should remain a fixture on top of the Pirates' lineup as they chase a postseason berth.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marte went 2-for-4 Friday with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI.
Impact: It was his sixth home run of the season, and first since June 13. Marte is now hitting .333/.422/.564 in 39 August at-bats since returning to the lineup from his concussion.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Morton struggled once again on Friday, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks in just three innings. He struck out three.
Impact: He's been tagged for four or more runs in five of his last seven starts, giving him a ghastly ERA of 6.00 over that stretch, and he hasn't won a decision in over a month. The Pirates may need to think about removing Morton from the rotation if they want to stay in the wild card hunt.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle and activated right-handed reliever John Axford.
Impact: Pittsburgh claimed Axford off waivers Thursday from the Cleveland Indians. The 31-year-old was 2-3 with 10 saves and a 3.92 ERA in 49 games this season for the Indians.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle and activated right-handed reliever John Axford.
Impact: The 24-year-old Pimentel is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 relief appearances this season.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Liriano (3-9) turned in six solid innings Thursday against the Tigers, striking out nine while allowing two runs on three hits and four walks, but took his second consecutive loss.
Impact: Liriano has allowed exactly two runs in each of his last three starts, and has exactly zero wins to show for it. He's turned in five consecutive quality starts now, though, allowing a grand total of just eight runs in that span. Next up is a matchup with the Braves on Tuesday.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Mercer left Thursday's game with tightness in his right forearm.
Impact: He's considered day to day after missing Friday's contest.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walker (back) could return to the starting lineup Friday against the Nationals, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Walker was waiting in the on-deck circle Thursday as a pinch-hitter but never batted. Manager Clint Hurdle believes that a return to second base could happen very soon. "We're optimistic he might be more than [available to pinch-hit] Friday," manager Clint Hurdle said. He's made just one start since Aug. 2 because of a back injury that the Pirates have never specifically identified. Walker is sitting on a .277/.347/.456 line with 16 homers and 50 RBI.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mercer, who left Thursday's game with forearm tightness, has never dealt with a similar injury before. "It started out just being something I felt in my forearm," Mercer said in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Then, as I continued to throw, it really started tightening up. It was out of the blue. I've never had forearm problems before."
Impact: Mercer has been the glue to Pittsburgh's infield both offensively and defensively since the end of May. It doesn't sound as though the shortstop will miss more than a couple days, but any absence would hurt the team, as they really have no backup better than Jayson Nix or Michael Martinez with Clint Barmes (groin) sidelined.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Snider went 3 for 5 with two homers and four RBIs in Monday's 11-6 win over Detroit.
Impact: Snider hadn't been doing much before this effort, going 5 for 31 with no homers and four RBIs over his previous 11 games.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Marte went 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs in Monday's 11-6 win at Pittsburgh.
Impact: Marte is 5 for 11 over his last three games.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Harrison continued his hot streak by going 3 for 5 with a double in Monday's 11-6 win over Detroit.
Impact: Harrison is hitting .453 with five home runs and seven RBIs in his last 15 games. He should be in your lineup until further notice.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Pirates activated their star centerfielder off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. The reigning National League MVP will bat third as Pittsburgh looks to end a six-game losing streak against Atlanta.
Impact: McCutchen says he isn't experiencing any pain but he will wear extra padding for the time being. He added there are no restrictions on what he can do but manager Clint Hurdle expects the team to monitor McCutchen closely.