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Morning Java: What about Bob?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

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>> The Friday column is about Bob Nutting and Gregory Polanco. Because I’ve got to let you know more than that to get you to click, right?

Edinson Volquez fulfills his pledge to step up for the staff, by Travis Sawchik at PNC Park. And that pledge, if you’ve forgotten came at the end of the Thursday column. Good dude. Really likable.

Wandy Rodriguez is gone, at a coming cost of more than $5,4 million in cold, hard buyout, by Sawchik. Technically speaking, you can add Brandon Cumpton’s $500,000 salary to that cost, since someone has to replace him, right?

Blogginess from the scene: I liked the Wandy trade when it happened, and I don’t have much reason to feel all that awful about that. For one thing, the three prospects sent to the Astros — notably Rudy Owens and Robbie Grossman — still haven’t amounted to much. For another, Wandy came with terrific credentials, including the area of durability. The guy got older and lost it. Nothing else to it. Neil Walker told me yesterday Wandy was ‘a great teammate.’ … Shed no tears for Wandy. He made $28,600 per pitch this season. … Cumpton’s a popular player in the clubhouse, all business, no complaint. … Fun talk with Gaby Sanchez about shifts before this game: ‘People look at all that open space out there and wonder why we don’t just hit it there. Well, there’s a pitcher throwing to a specific spot so you can’t do that.’ Sanchez added that, if not for modern shifting, Pedro Alvarez would be hitting .300. Not sure about that, but it probably would make for a decent study. … Watching what Josh Harrison’s done of late, it’s reminded me of his agent calling me once a few years ago and pretty much pleading to get his client rated in Baseball America’s top 30 prospects of the organization. I admitted to the guy — and this is obviously back when I was doing this — Harrison was one of my very last guys on the list. So I placed one extra call to a guy with the Pirates I trusted, and he went with Harrison as No. 30. His reasoning: ‘Nobody wants it more than Josh. He’s all heart.’ You bet.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Nationals news from the Washington Post.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

>> Beau Bennett is the latest among the Penguins to line up for surgeryRob Rossi reports.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog.

Here are official game highlights on NHL.com.

>> Chris Peak and Jerry DiPaola pontificate on Pitt athletics on TribLIVE Radio yesterday as part of Peak’s new show, a must-listen for Panthers fans:

>> Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page and our Steel Mill blog.

>> Please see a special message on my Facebook page about the ongoing crushing floods in Serbia, Bosnia and part of Croatia.

>> I’m off the next couple days, back with the Monday column. Thank you, as always, for reading.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

 
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