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Hanny not on the block


A trusted source today told me that, yes, the Texas Rangers have inquired about a possible trade for closer Joel Hanrahan. The overture was turned aside, though, as the Pirates are not actively shopping Hanrahan. Last night, Hanny escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam to notch his 13th save in 13 chances this season.

»»» GM Neal Huntington refuted a Yahoo! Sports report that high school pitcher Dylan Bundy warned the Pirates not to take him with the first overall draft pick. “We’ve not been told by any player in our four years here not to draft them,” Huntington said.

Bundy reportedly told the Pirates and a few other teams that he refuses to change his long-toss training regimen. Huntington said the Yahoo! story “put something out there that isn’t true about our system. We are not opposed to long toss. We don’t blanket-statement anything for anybody. We have a specific program in mind for our pitchers that we worked based on their individual strengths and talents. We’re open to long toss, if it’s done correctly. It can be an asset. If done incorrectly, it can be a tremendous disadvantage for a player and put him in harm’s way. That’s what we try to protect against. We want our pitchers to build arm strength and stay healthy.”

Huntington said there are “a number” of players in the Pirates’ farm system who use long toss as part of their programs.

»»» Infielder Gift Ngoepe went on the disabled list at Low-A West Virginia. Ngoepe already has missed a week due to a wrist injury. In 25 games, he hit .306 with two homers and five RBI. Left-hander Porfirio Lopez replaced Ngoepe on the Power’s roster and gave up an unearned run over two innings in his debut Saturday. Lopez, 21, had a 5.49 ERA in 11 outings this year for High-A Bradenton. Lopez pitched the past three years for the Pirates’ club in the Dominican Summer League.



  1. DCBill says:

    I can understand giving Doumit a “rest” when a day game follows a night game, but the team has played a few more than 40 games and Doumit has not played in each of them, plus they have two off days in the next four (unless I misread the schedule).

    How tired can he be?

    Why play Snyder who can’t hit squat, when Doumit has been so much better at the plate?

  2. jim damato says:

    It is typical Pirate BS. SEnd down Moskos and keep Biemel who can’t get players out.
    Bring up Ciraco hitting .190 when you have Presley, Marte, D’Arnaud in Indy.
    This club makes no sense. I even had hope for Hurdle, but bunt Paul after you get Cedeno on second with a double? I know Clint there is no book, but this type of managing is a fairy tale nightmare.

  3. jack mcelligott says:

    I think Hurdle has done very well in changing the atmosphere. I was very perplexed with bunting Paul the other day. As to the catching situation I suspect Hurdle knows how the pitchers feel with the catchers but I will say I think Doumit is vastly improved behind the place and the pitch calling. He is hitting very well and deserves most of the starts. We need the bat. Its not a surprise they called up Ciraco under the circumstances. I would like to see Presley come up and I suspect he will if any of our current outfielders go down. Paul has done a nice job, has some tools. But if Tabata or McCutcheon went down I would not be surprised if Presley would come in and get most of the starts or at least significant playing time with Paul. He deserves it.

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