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Injury updates: Davis, Polanco, Soriano

February 21, 2021

Pirates general manager Ben Cherington provided a few injury updates on Sunday from Bucs Spring Training. • Left-handed reliever Austin Davis experienced left elbow soreness this offseason, according to Cherington. Davis, who pitched 6 2/3 innings last season, will not appear in games at the start of Spring Training. “He's

Bucs' Polanco breaks right wrist in DR

Veteran outfielder saw action in 21 games with Leones del Escogido
December 26, 2020

Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco will not see any more action with the Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League this season due to a fractured right wrist, the team’s general manager said in a virtual news conference on Saturday. The Bucs confirmed the injury in an e-mail to reporters,

Newman out for season (knee contusion)

September 20, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- After being hit on the left knee by a 97-mph fastball on Saturday night, Pirates infielder Kevin Newman's season is over. The Pirates placed Newman on the 10-day injured list before Sunday’s series finale against the Cardinals at PNC Park. The club announced that Newman sustained a contusion

Pending FA Kela (forearm) likely done for '20

September 16, 2020

With only a week and a half remaining on the schedule, closer Keone Kela likely won’t return to pitch for the Pirates this season. Kela, who has been sidelined by right forearm inflammation since Aug. 21, is working his way back from the injury. The Pirates haven’t ruled him out

Pirates place Alford on IL (fractured elbow)

September 6, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates center fielder Anthony Alford fractured his right elbow crashing into the outfield wall while trying to chase down a home run hit by Tucker Barnhart in the third inning of Pittsburgh’s 6-2 loss to the Reds on Saturday night at PNC Park. Barnhart led off the third

Pirates put Kela, Moran on IL, claim Alford

August 27, 2020

The Pirates placed infielder Colin Moran and closer Keone Kela on the injured list before Thursday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, putting their most productive hitter and their top trade chip on the shelf only four days before Monday’s Trade Deadline. Moran is on the seven-day concussion injured

Bucs injury updates: Kela, Moran, Newman

August 26, 2020

A day after manager Derek Shelton said that closer Keone Kela, infielder Colin Moran and shortstop Kevin Newman are "active" and "available," director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk clarified each player's status. Tomczyk confirmed on Wednesday that Kela has yet to pick up a baseball since exiting Friday’s game with

Trio of injured Pirates 'available' for Shelton

Injury updates to Keone Kela, Colin Moran and Kevin Newman
August 25, 2020

The Pirates apparently avoided the worst-case scenario with a trio of recent injuries, as manager Derek Shelton declared before Tuesday’s series opener against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field that shortstop Kevin Newman, infielder Colin Moran and closer Keone Kela were active and available. Moran exited Pittsburgh’s 5-4 win

Moran, Newman exit with injuries vs. Brewers

August 23, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates extended their first winning streak of the season to three games by beating the Brewers, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. But they may have lost two everyday position players in the process, as Colin Moran and Kevin Newman exited the series finale due to

Kela (forearm) day to day after early exit

Pirates' top trade chip threw five pitches before departing vs. Brewers
August 23, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- After exiting the Pirates’ 7-2 win over the Brewers on Friday night, Pirates closer Keone Kela is considered day to day due to right forearm tightness. Kela reported tightness in his right forearm, Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said, and he was removed as a precaution after throwing five

Updates on Evans, Crick, Musgrove, more

August 20, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- When Phillip Evans was ruled out for the season following a collision with right fielder Gregory Polanco, the Pirates were initially optimistic that he would be able to avoid surgery. But Evans will need surgery to repair his broken jaw, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk revealed

Pirates, RHP Gustave agree to deal (source)

August 17, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates will not be signing former All-Star Henderson Alvarez, as previously reported, but they are on the verge of signing another right-hander with Major League experience. Pittsburgh has agreed to a Minor League deal with reliever Jandel Gustave. Once a top 30 prospect in the Astros’ system,

Pirates closer Kela cleared to return

August 12, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- Three weeks into the season, the Pirates are getting their closer back. Manager Derek Shelton said Wednesday that right-hander Keone Kela will be active for the Pirates’ series against the Reds, which begins Thursday at Great American Ball Park. Kela has been on the COVID-19 injured list after

Musgrove (triceps) goes on injured list

August 11, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- Even with their season paused due to their postponed series against the Cardinals, the Pirates have been bitten by the injury bug. The Pirates placed starter Joe Musgrove on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday. Musgrove was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday at PNC Park due to

Evans (concussion, fractured jaw) out for '20

Pirates recall Osuna, option Mears, add Waddell
August 9, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- The morning after Phillip Evans left Saturday’s game on a stretcher following a collision with right fielder Gregory Polanco, the Pirates revealed that Evans sustained a concussion, a fractured jaw and “injuries to the face and mouth.” The Pirates placed Evans on the 45-day injured list, effectively ending

Burdi (right elbow injury) out for season

August 5, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates placed right-hander Nick Burdi on the 45-day injured list on Wednesday afternoon due to a right elbow injury, ending the promising young reliever’s season and adding to their list of unavailable arms. Burdi, who was serving as the Pirates’ unofficial closer while the team awaits the

Keller, Feliz on IL; Kela resumes workouts

August 2, 2020

The Pirates lost one of their starters and a top bullpen arm to injuries on Sunday morning, placing right-handers Mitch Keller and reliever Michael Feliz on the 10-day injured list after they exited Saturday night’s loss to the Cubs. But they may be getting their closer back before too long.

Injuries piling up, but so are Moran's HRs

August 2, 2020

The Pirates lost for the sixth time in eight games on Saturday night, 4-3, at Wrigley Field. They had no answer for Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood, who struck out 11 over 6 2/3 innings, and their ninth-inning rally came up short for the second straight night. Another tough game at

Bucs 'pen loses impact pair in Crick, Holmes

July 28, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates’ already-thin bullpen took two more hits on Tuesday, as the club placed right-handers Kyle Crick and Clay Holmes on the 10-day injured list. The club announced that Crick, who has pitched with diminished velocity dating back to Summer Camp, is sidelined with a right shoulder/lat muscle

Bucs closer to setting Opening Day roster

July 21, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- Over the past two days, the Pirates have made steps toward finalizing their Opening Day roster. On Sunday, the Pirates added catcher John Ryan Murphy to their 40-man roster. They also selected the contract of left-hander Robbie Erlin on Monday. Additionally, they placed right fielder Gregory Polanco on

Bucs backup C Maile (finger) out for season

July 19, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- Less than a week before Opening Day, the Pirates lost catcher Luke Maile for the entire season. Maile, who was expected to break camp as Jacob Stallings’ backup behind the plate, underwent surgery on Friday to repair a fractured right index finger. He sustained the fracture after being

Source: Pirates place closer Kela on IL

High-leverage work expected for Crick, Rodríguez and Feliz
July 17, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates placed closer Keone Kela on the injured list on Thursday, a source confirmed to on Friday, making it likely that Pittsburgh's top reliever will not be available for the start of the season. Kela has not been able to participate in any of the Pirates'

Holmes to miss 4-6 weeks with fractured foot

March 1, 2020

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Clay Holmes will be in a walking boot for the next four to six weeks after a Nelson Cruz grounder caromed off the right-hander’s right foot on Saturday night against the Twins. Pirates manager Derek Shelton confirmed Sunday following the Pirates' 13-9 win against the Blue Jays

Notes: Archer (neck) scratched; Bucs face Cole

February 24, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. – The Pirates scratched starter Chris Archer from his scheduled Spring Training debut on Monday due to neck tightness. He is day to day.

Martin, Polanco will miss rest of season

September 5, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- Rookie outfielder Jason Martin will miss the rest of the season after having his left shoulder dislocated following a slide home Tuesday night. The Pirates won’t see right fielder Gregory Polanco on the field again this year either, due to his lingering left shoulder injury. The news could