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.