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  • Carlos Santana Dealing With Knee Discomfort

    Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Carlos Santana (knee) was removed from Thursday night's Grapefruit League game against the New York Yankees due to left knee discomfort. Santana suffered the injury when he slipped on the infield while attempting to catch a fly ball. The Pirates continue to evaluate him, and we'll have an update on the severity of his injury when we know more. There are still a few weeks left in spring training before Opening Day, so if it's just a minor injury, he should still be ready to go for the start of the regular season. The 36-year-old left-handed hitter should benefit from a batting-average rebound with the new shift rules, but fantasy managers still shouldn't count on major contributions from him in that category.

    Mar 17 · Source via Pirates Carlos Santana
  • Carlos Santana Removed From Thursday's Game

    Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Carlos Santana (undisclosed) was forced to exit early during Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the New York Yankees. The 36-year-old slipped on the infield grass while attempting to catch a pop up. He was in some pain afterwards, so the team decided to pull Santana out of the game. It sounds like this was precautionary, but the team will likely give another update on his status. Hopefully, it's only a day-to-day issue, but fantasy managers will need to check back for another update.

    Mar 16 · Source via Pirates Carlos Santana
  • Andrew McCutchen Dealing With Elbow Soreness

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (elbow) is dealing with "very minor" right elbow soreness in spring training, and the team doesn't think the injury is significant. "Out of an abundance of caution, we're taking it very slow with Andrew," director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said. The Pirates aren't too concerned, but it's something to watch for the 36-year-old as he enters the twilight of his career with the organization that he spent the first nine seasons of his career with. McCutchen is hitting just .235 (4-for-17) with no homers or RBI, one run scored and seven strikeouts in eight Grapefruit League games. If healthy, he's expected to see most of the playing time in right field for the rebuilding Bucs in 2023.

    Mar 16 · Source via Pirates Andrew McCutchen
  • Pirates Reassign Endy Rodriguez

    Despite a strong showing in Spring Training, the Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned catcher prospect Endy Rodriguez to Triple-A. It's a bit of a surprise to see the 22-year-old sent down with his main competition coming from veteran defensive specialist Austin Hedges. Rodriguez hit .412 this spring with one RBI and hit .323 with 25 homers and 95 RBI between High-A and Triple-A this past season. The versatile catcher has also seen time in the outfield and second base. With a very patience eye at the plate and low strikeout rate, Rodriguez has the makings of a future big leaguer, sooner than later. Dynasty managers would be wise to hold Rodriguez and managers in redraft leagues should keep an eye on his status once the season starts with his ability to hit the ball at one of the harder positions to fulfill.

    Mar 15 · Source via Pirates Austin Hedges Endy Rodriguez prospects
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Back In Grapefruit League Lineup

    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes (thumb) is back in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Saturday against the New York Yankees and right-hander Ryan Weber. Hayes is starting at third base and hitting leadoff. Hayes was held out of spring action for a couple days this week with soreness in his left thumb, but it was nothing serious and he's back in there on Saturday. The 26-year-old will be looking to bounce back this year after hitting .244/.314/.345 with a .659 OPS, seven home runs, 41 RBI, 55 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 560 plate appearances and 136 games in his third big-league season in 2022. Injuries were partly to blame. More power could be on the way if he puts the ball in the air more, but fantasy managers should mainly be paying for Hayes' speed at the third base position.

    Mar 11 · Source via Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Ke'Bryan Hayes Held Out Thursday

    Pittsburgh Pirates third basemanKe'Bryan Hayes(thumb) was sidelined on Thursday's game due to soreness in his left thumb. Hayes was able to get some reps in the batting cage, and the Pirates will closely monitor the injury over the next couple of days. Hayes has been mostly quiet so far in four games of spring training. He's reached base just twice, one being a home run. The 26-year-old is mainly praised for his abilities to handle the hot corner, and the Pirates hope to build up his prowess as a hitter. In 2022, he slashed a measly .244/.314/.345 and hit just seven long bombs. His plate discipline is certainly a concern, but it could be a matter of experience that solves his strikeout issues. Hayes posted a 21.8% strikeout rate this past season. The third baseman is locked in as a Buc for quite a while, and the Pirates are anticipating his bat to awaken at some point down the line.

    Mar 10 · Source via Pirates Ke'Bryan Hayes
  • Mike Burrows Adding Slider To Repertoire

    Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect Mike Burrows is in the process of adding a slider to his repertoire. Burrows already possesses one of the most majestic curveballs out there that completely alters the trajectory of each at-bat. His fastball is already touching 97 mph, but he's hoping to consistently hit the upper-90s. The ninth-ranked prospect in the Pirates system, Burrows split his 2022 campaign between two different levels. With Double-A Altoona, he molded a 2.94 ERA with 69 strikeouts across 12 starts. He was then bumped up to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he struggled to find a steady pace. The result was a dreadful 5.31 ERA with a 1.346 WHIP. Adding the slider could be the secret weapon that puts him over the top. If he finds his footing in Triple-A, he could get the big call at some point this season.

    Mar 9 · Source via Pirates Mike Burrows
  • Robert Stephenson Throws Bullpen Session

    Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Robert Stephenson (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Tuesday. The 30-year-old has been coping with right elbow discomfort and hasn't made an appearance in spring training. The Pirates are hoping for him to throw one more bullpen session before re-evaluating him. Stephenson spent his 2022 campaign with the Pirates and Colorado Rockies. He posted a 5.43 ERA (4.23 FIP) with 55 strikeouts across 58 innings. The right-hander was shipped to Pittsburgh at the trade deadline in a transaction that also sent minor-leaguer Jameson Hannah to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for reliever Jeff Hoffman. Once Stephenson was dealt to the Pirates, he completely transformed. He composed a 3.38 ERA with a 0.825 WHIP through 13 appearances. The Pirates are hoping that his success carries over to the 2023 season.

    Mar 8 · Source via Pirates Robert Stephenson closers
  • Pirates Acquire Mark Mathias From Rangers

    The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired infielder/outfielder Mark Mathias from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named later. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates moved right-hander Max Kranick to the 60-day injured list. Mathias, 28, played 30 games in the big leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers and Rangers last year, hitting .247/.319/.506 with an .825 OPS, six home runs, 20 RBI and 13 runs scored in 91 plate appearances. The utility man has only played in 46 major-league games in two seasons and doesn't have a huge track record of offensive success in the minor leagues, but he will have more of an opportunity to play at the big-league level for the rebuilding Bucs.

    Mar 8 · Source via Pirates Rangers Max Kranick Mark Mathias
  • Pirates' Jarlin Garcia Shut Down For Several Weeks

    Pirates lefty Jarlin Garcia, who signed a one-year, $2.5MM deal with a club option for the 2024 season this offseason, will go multiple weeks without throwing, director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk announced Wednesday (Twitter link via Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). While scans of Garcia’s elbow and shoulder have come back clean, he’s…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Pirates Jarlin Garcia closers
  • Henry Davis Assigned To Minor League Camp Tuesday

    Pittsburgh Pirates catching prospect Henry Davis was one of the players assigned to the team's Minor League camp on Tuesday. This is not surprising, as the 23-year-old only reached Double-A Altoona last season while dealing with a left wrist injury. When he did play, Davis slashed .207/.324/.379 with four home runs, 18 RBI, and three stolen bases in 136 plate appearances. He is still a name to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues and is the team's top prospect, although they also have Endy Rodriguez, who plays catcher and performed well in the minors last season. Either way, fantasy managers can hope that Davis hits better this season and may see some time with the Pirates in the summer.

    Mar 8 · Source via Pirates Henry Davis prospects
  • Andrew McCutchen Playing Against Blue Jays

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (hand) is back in the team's Grapefruit League lineup on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays and left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, and he's serving as the designated hitter and batting third in the lineup. McCutchen left Sunday's game early against the Minnesota Twins due to hand soreness, but it was merely a precautionary measure. Back with Pittsburgh, McCutchen is expected to open the 2023 regular season as the team's primary right fielder, which will give him appeal in deep mixed and NL-only leagues. The 36-year-old is far removed from his prime, and his power took a big drop in 2022 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Even with the rebuilding Bucs, there's a chance McCutchen could become a platoon player eventually this year.

    Mar 7 · Source via Pirates Andrew McCutchen
  • Andrew McCutchen Is Fine

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (hand) is fine after he was hit by a pitch in Grapefruit League action on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, and his removal from the contest was purely precautionary. McCutchen is no longer in his prime, but he's expected to be Pittsburgh's starting right fielder to open the 2023 season after spending his first nine MLB seasons with the team, including five straight All-Star seasons from 2011-15. It's no secret that the 36-year-old is in decline after slashing .237/.316/.384 with a career-low .700 OPS, 17 home runs, 69 RBI, 66 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 580 plate appearances and 134 games for the Brewers in 2022. A move to the rebuilding Pirates will further drop McCutchen's 2023 fantasy value.

    Mar 6 · Source via Pirates Andrew McCutchen
  • Andrew McCutchen Removed From Sunday's Game

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen (hand) was forced to exit early during Sunday's Spring Training matchup with the Minnesota Twins. The veteran outfielder was hit by a pitch in the left hand, which forced the team to remove him from the game due to discomfort. It seems like the Pirates pulled McCutchen as a precaution, but the expectation is that he'll still get X-rays on his hand. The hope is that this injury is minor and McCutchen can return to game action shortly. He wasn't too great with the bat last season, but could be a possible deep league option in 2023.

    Mar 5 · Source via Pirates Andrew McCutchen
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