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Pregame: Grilli on his way


jasongrilliRighty Jason Grilli is on his way to Pittsburgh, and will have to pass a physical before finalizing a free-agent contract with the Pirates. Assuming everything works out, Grilli will pitch out of the bullpen starting Friday, when the Cardinals come to town for a huge three-game series. Chris Leroux will be sent back to Triple-A Indy.

»»» Neil Walker fouled a pitch off his right shin last night, and this morning was wearing medicated patches on his leg to reduce the pain. Walker was not walking with any limp and took batting practice as usual.

»»» Joel Hanrahan, who’s pitched the past three games, is NOT available this afternoon against the Reds. Jose Veras would be the first option as closer. “It could be a two-guy situation, if the game dicatates,” manager Clint Hurdle said. Chris Resop, who has pitched two since experiencing some forearm pain a few days ago, is “situational at best” for today’s game, according to Hurdle.

Lineups for today’s game:

Reds (47-50) – 1. Chris Heisey cf, 2. Edgar Renteria ss, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Scott Rolen 3b, 5. Jay Bruce rf, 6. Ramon Hernandez c, 7. Jonny Gomes lf, 8. Miguel Cairo 2bc, 9. Johnny Cueto rhp (5-3, 2.01)

Pirates (51-44) – 1. Alex Presley lf, 2. Chase d’Arnaud ss, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Andrew McCutchen cf, 5. Lyle Overbay 1b, 6. Garrett Jones rf, 7. Brandon Wood 3b, 8. Mike McKenry c, 9. Jeff Karstens rhp (8-4, 2.34)



  1. Ron says:

    Agree 100% with Dean’s article. The Pirates have the pitching to win the Division. They need a power bat. Spend the money to go for it this year! Nutting don’t let the fans down.

  2. Chuck H. says:

    The pitching group is fine, with the exception of one or two. I think you know who I mean. What we need is a proven hitter who can hit with people on in scoring position.
    Hunter Pence would be a great addition. Chase d’Amaud can’t hit, and now we know he can’t play shortstop either. Two errors on Wednesday. I think this is the year to go all-out to win their division. Go Bucs!!!

  3. Paul says:

    I fear the opportunity to act, short of a big deal TODAY, and keep the Pirates in contention may have already passed. The pitching is there as evidenced by the fact that they just took two of three from the Reds while only scoring four runs in the entire series. Sure you can do that once in awhile but it’s mostly luck and I doubt they can survive the next ten games and make it out of July still in the race with offensive production like that.

    While it doesn’t help that Clint Hurdle, who deserves a lot of credit for a lot of things this year, has become an maniacal bunter who keeps squandering his best hitters opportunities with that ill-conceived tactic – I’m not even sure a trade will help them at this point though since (if we’re to believe the rumors) virtually all the names being mentioned (Pence, Willingham etc) are mediocre right handed hitters with only moderate power who will get swallowed whole by PNC Park.

    Pena would help, a lot, Beltran as well but I have a hard time seeing how the acquiring him, but if they wait until next week or later it might all be over by then. What they need to do is find Brian Giles’ reincarnation; that lefty power bat who’s blocked by a outfield of bigger names, generally over looked and can be had for virtually nothing.

    He’s out there, gotta find him and fast.

  4. Ron says:

    Good article today by Joe about moneyball. If one thing says it all about MLB having a level playing field this is it “This year’s edition lists the 10 most successful teams of the 21st century. Four of the top five and seven of the top 10 happen to be among the top-10 payrolled teams. The A’s, Twins and Giants are the exceptions”. Selig can bury his head in the sand along with many of the owners but the facts speak for themselves. For the good of all the fans of any pro sport, there should be a hard cap with a floor and ceiling.

  5. Matt says:

    With all the trade rumors going around there is one trade that hasn’t been mentioned that would secure the pirates future and bring them a corner infield power bat they so desperately need. The Red Sox, with Adrian Gonzales clearly their 1B for the future in place have a very good prospect who could fit in the lineup nicely at 1B named Lars Anderson. He’s young, is an RBI man, hits doubles, and has that power ready to be developed by Hurdle and his staff. Yet, there is no mention of this prospect, he was once considered one of the top hitting prospects in the Boston system, for trade bait on or the talk show circuit here in Pittsburgh. How can a guy like this go unnoticed?

  6. USMC1977 says:

    Paul… you say Pence is a mediocre right handed bat? Did you just come out from under a rock? Pena? REALLY??? Dude strikes out like 200 times a year and barely bats his weight. Striking out we are already good at. I’d take Beltran, but not for anything resembling a top prospect. Maybe offer cash and a lower tier prospect. If that cant be done then I’d stand pat with what I’ve got after Alvarez is called back up.

  7. Marc says:

    Buster Olney
    @Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
    Rival officials view the Pirates’ approach to the trade deadline as very, very careful. Lots of indications PITT isn’t trading major assets.

  8. Joe says:

    Why is d’Arnaud in the lineup, and more importantly why does he continue to bat 2nd??? I don’t care how fast you are, a player with an OBP of .250, an avg of .225, and who has struck out more than double the amount of times he’s walked needs to be batting eighth or not playing at all. He’s also been a liability in the field, making some very costly errors. Someone needs to pry the kid from Hurdle’s good graces.

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