Pittsburgh Pirates Player News: All Positions

News: Newman went 3-for-5 with a triple and a double in a 14-1 defeat by the Cubs on Saturday.
Impact: Newman has hit safely in his last eight games, going 14-for-37 (.378), and in the bigger picture he's contributed 10 home runs and 15 stolen bases this season. The 26-year-old is slashing .318/.365/.455 over 440 at-bats and has 35 extra-base hits this season.
News: Marvel (0-2) allowed seven runs on nine hits with no walks and two strikeouts across four innings while taking the loss against the Cubs on Saturday.
Impact: In his second major-league start, Marvel got into trouble in the second inning as the Cubs got to him for four runs via a three-run double by Nick Castellanos and an RBI single from Kris Bryant. He later allowed home runs to Ben Zobrist and Bryant before departing after 79 pitches. The rocky outing leaves Marvel with a 9.00 ERA through his first nine major-league innings. He's scheduled to be on the hill again Friday at Milwaukee.
News: Stallings is unavailable Saturday against the Cubs due to back tightness, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: With two healthy catchers (Elias Diaz and Steve Baron) on the active roster, the Pirates may play it safe and hold Stallings out for the rest of this series and also take advantage of Monday's off day. Diaz will start at catcher and hit eighth.
News: Frazier will bat fifth and start at second base Saturday against the Cubs.
Impact: Due in part to injuries to Starling Marte and Josh Bell, Frazier will hit fifth for the first time in 2019 and third time in his career. He has four hits, including a double and a homer, in 10 career at-bats against starter Kyle Hendricks. Since Aug. 20, the second baseman is slashing .373/.409/.614 in 90 plate appearances.
News: Reyes will start in right field and bat sixth against the Cubs on Saturday.
Impact: He enjoyed the first three-hit game of his career Friday, missing the cycle by a home run. Reyes, who will be making just his fourth start in September, is slashing .231/.324/.431 with two homers in 74 plate appearances since being recalled in early August.
News: Marte (wrist) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Cubs.
Impact: He hasn't been in the lineup since Sept. 8 and hasn't appeared off the bench since Sept. 10 due to the wrist injury. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Marte is currently only available as a pinch runner. Bryan Reynolds will continue to start in center field while Kevin Kramer starts in left.
News: Bell (groin) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Cubs.
Impact: He exited Friday's game with left groin discomfort and the issue will keep him sidelined for at least one more game. Jose Osuna is starting at first base and hitting cleanup.
News: Brault (4-5) allowed 10 runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts across 2.2 innings while taking a loss against the Cubs on Friday.
Impact: All of Brault's great progress has gone down the tubes in his last two starts, as he's yielded 15 earned runs in his last eight innings, raising his ERA a whole run. Brault had posted a 2.86 ERA in his prior 15 appearances before Sept. 7. His biggest problem Friday was the home run, as he yielded five long balls, matching how many homers he had allowed in his previous 12 outings combined. Brault now owns a 4.89 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 103 innings this season. He will look to get back on track Thursday at home against the Mariners.