Pirates To Activate Keone Kela

Pirates To Activate Keone Kela Pirates closer Keone Kela will be active for the team’s upcoming series against the Reds, manager Derek Shelton announced to reporters Wednesday (Twitter link via Will Graves of the Associated Press). It’ll be the season debut for Kela, who has yet to pitch since missing Summer Camp due to a…

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Jalen Beeks, Now With More Whiffs

Jalen Beeks, Now With More Whiffs During this shortened season, pitching depth has become a crucial separator for contending teams. With injuries taking a greater toll on pitching staffs and hurlers still ramping up after an abbreviated summer tune-up, many teams have had to scrounge to fill all those vacancies. The Tampa Bay Rays entered…

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Nick Burdi Suffers Season-Ending Forearm Strain; Surgery Not Yet Being Considered

Nick Burdi Suffers Season-Ending Forearm Strain; Surgery Not Yet Being Considered Aug. 12: Burdi won’t require surgery to repair what is being termed as a significant forearm strain, Tomczyk tells reporters (Twitter link via Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). The Pirates believe the injury is related to Burdi’s prior TOS procedure. He’ll receive a…

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Phillies analyst calls Orioles game ‘an embarrassment to baseball’

Phillies analyst calls Orioles game ‘an embarrassment to baseball’ NBC Sports Philadelphia analyst and former MLB reliever Ricky Bottalico definitely did not sugar coat how he felt about the Phillies’ series-opening loss to the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday. Following the Phillies’ 10-9 loss, in which a pop-up gaffe and an inside-the-park homer headlined the defeat, Bottalico…

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In Violating Health and Safety Protocols, Plesac, Clevinger, Laureano Become Cautionary Tales

In Violating Health and Safety Protocols, Plesac, Clevinger, Laureano Become Cautionary Tales This week, key players on two American League playoff contenders made mistakes pertaining to COVID-19 protocols that will cost them significant chunks of the shortened 2020 season. Cleveland starting pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac — two key members of what has been…

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A Reliever Usage Check-In

A Reliever Usage Check-In When baseball finalized its jam-packed schedule for this year, one thing was immediately evident. Between an abbreviated ramp-up schedule and a dense slate of games, relievers would be in more demand this year. Starters would need time to get stretched out, and that’s extra innings for the bullpen. Stretches of six…

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