There’s no timetable for how long Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen will be sidelined with a sprained A-C joint.
Andrew McCutchen was diagnosed with a mild sprain of his right A-C joint. X-rays showed no fractures and his status is day-to-day.
Triple-A Indianapolis pitcher Hayden Penn is finalizing a deal with Chiba Lotte of the Japanese Pacific League.
Triple-A Indianapolis is about to lose two pitchers. Hayden Penn has inked a deal with a Japanese team and another pitcher “is close to a deal,” according to a tweet by Indy radio play-by-play guy Scott McCauley.
Erik Kratz, who was called up Wednesday from Triple-A Indy, tonight will make his first major league start.
The Astros are the only NL Central team that hasn’t played at PNC Park this season. That will change tonight, when the Pirates and Astros open a three-game series.
Last night, lefty Zach Duke (elbow) made it through his second rehab start without problem (four innings, two hits, one run, one walk). He will be activated from the disabled list and start Friday night against Houston at PNC Park. Brett Myers will start for the Astros.
ood pitching news: Joel Hanrahan is riding an 11-inning scoreless streak. It’s the third-longest active streak in the National League (Roy Oswalt 16 ip) and the sixth-longest in the majors (J.J. Putz, 22 ip).