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Tender toe sends Qualls to DL


The Pirates took it also right up to the wire, but they found a way to get lefty reliever Hisonori Takahashi, who arrived last night, onto the active roster before today’s game against the Brewers. Reliever Chad Qualls goes on the 15-day disabled list with discomfort in his left big toe. Really. I’m not making that up. “It’s affected him for a while,” GM Neal Huntington said. “We need 25 healthy guys, it was impacting him, so we made the move. He can help us here in September.”

»»» At Triple-A Indy, C Jose Morales went on the DL, back-dated to Friday, and INF Jeff Larish was activated. … Double-A Altoona beat Richmond, 3-0, Saturday to notch the 1,000th win in franchise history. Jameson Taillon pitches today for the Curve.

Game 127: Brewers @ Pirates, 1:35 p.m. ET

Brewers (58-67): 1. Norichka Aoki rf, 2. Rickie Weeks 2b, 3. Ryan Braun lf, 4. Aramis Ramirez 3b, 5. Corey Hart 1b, 6. Jonathan Lucroy c, 7. Carlos Gomez cf, 8. Jean Segura ss, 9. Mark Rogers rhp (1-1, 5.02)

Pirates (68-58): 1. Travis Snider lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Jeff Clement 1b, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Rod Barajas c, 8. Clint Barmes ss, 8. 9. Erik Bedard lhp (7-13, 4.76)



  1. dcpinpgh says:

    When the Pirates make their September call ups. Which would mean leaving Indy a little light in pitching for the playoffs. Can you see the Pirates promoting Cole, and possible Taillon up to AAA. It would be PR for Indy, “yes, we took some of your players but we are giving you one(two) of the best prospect(s) in baseball. Plus, on the baseball side, it lets the guys get playoff experience.

  2. Chuck H says:

    Qualls pitching makes no difference to the plight of the Pirates. It’s hitters that we need
    to make it into the playoffs. The best pitchers in the world cannot win if no runs are scored. The Pirates suck at hitting. Today’s game, after 8 innings, the Pirates’ batters
    had 10 more strikeouts. UNACCEPTABLE against no-name pitchers. They are still not
    going after the first pitch in the at-bat, which is usually right down the middle, and very hittable and probably the best pitch to hit in the entire at-bat. The whole team has this mindset of not swinging at pitch #1. We have a good chance to break the chain of losing seasons, but for a while, we were right in the play-off picture, too.

  3. @dcpinpgh: No, I don’t see either of them (especially not Taillon) being moved up to Indy. Taillon’s made two starts for Altoona, so there’s no sense in bumping him up. Let things run their course, as far as their progression through the minors. Why put them in a position to possibly fail by sending them up too soon?

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