Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer left Pittsburgh’s 5-3 loss to Baltimore on Sunday night at McKechnie Field in the fourth inning because of left knee discomfort. He’s listed as day-to-day.
The Pirates traded left-hander Eric O’Flaherty to the Braves on Sunday, removing one name from their bullpen competition entering the final week of Spring Training.
The Pirates chased Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in the first inning Sunday night at McKechnie Field, but the Orioles tied the game in the eighth and went ahead in the ninth for a 5-3 win.
Snake-bit Cory Luebke is back on the mound and pitching well, potentially putting the Pirates in a tough spot with an opt-out deadline in his Minor League contract drawing near.
Pirates catching prospect Elias Diaz remains sidelined with a sore right elbow, but he’s confident he’ll be able to avoid surgery.
Right-hander Kyle Gibson threw six scoreless innings and Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run single to help lead the Twins to a 3-0 win over the split-squad Pirates on Saturday at CenturyLink Sports Complex.
Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi pitched into the seventh inning against most of the Pirates’ starting lineup as Tampa Bay beat Pittsburgh, 3-1, on Saturday night at McKechnie Field.
Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco was scratched from Saturday night’s starting lineup due to discomfort in his right shoulder, the club announced Saturday afternoon.
Nobody has told Jordy Mercer he’ll be the Pirates’ leadoff man against left-handed pitchers this season, he said, but his spot on Friday night’s lineup card, in a 6-3 loss to the Red Sox, may have said enough.
David Price pitched five-plus innings Friday night as the Red Sox topped the Pirates 6-3 in Grapefruit League action.
Pirates star Andrew McCutchen was scratched from the starting lineup Friday night as a precaution due to tightness in his left quadriceps.