Chad Kuhl hopes his sinker sinks more often as he tries to hold down No. 4 spot in Pirates starting rotation.
In other injury news, Francisco Cervelli (sore foot) was limited to playing catch.
“We are absolutely disappointed that he has put himself and the organization in this circumstance,” Pirates owner Bob Nutting said.
Post-Gazette columnist Joe Starkey answers reader questions in his weekly mailbag.
The Pirates should’ve pulled the trigger on a trade in the offseason; now they have a player and fans who know the end is near.
“I love the organization. I’m humbled to get the opportunity to do it. It’ll get figured out,” the Pirates manager said.
"When you catch for 15 years, a lot of things happen,” he said.
“If there were a way to keep him, clearly it would be wonderful to see him in a Pirates uniform,” the Pirates owner said of the outfielder.
But the Pirates owner said Monday the team is in position to compete for the NL Central in 2017.
If needed, Josh Harrison would play super-utility role or third base on regular basis.
Cervelli injured the same foot last summer.
Speedy Alen Hanson hopes to break camp as Pirates super utility man.
Kang doesn’t deserve mercy in DUI case.
After fading badly at the plate last season, Gregory Polanco hopes an offseason conditioning program gives him more stamina.
Before he spoke to the media at spring training, the Pirates right fielder gave us a glimpse into his mindset, in his own words.
“It wasn’t an ask ... It was more of a say: I was going to move there, and it was for the betterment of the team,” McCutchen said Friday.
Defensive whiz Starling Marte does not expect any big problems in making transition form left field to center.
The closer will make $5.6 million next season, his final season before he reaches free agency.
Hudson and Rivero will be setup men for closer Tony Watson this season, but are also potential closers for 2018.
Adele got a second chance at the Grammys, but what if sports teams had a chance to do things a different way?
Pirates owner Bob Nutting sat down last week to talk to beat writer Bill Brink. Here is the full transcript of their conversation.
The Pirates will go as far as Gerrit Cole can take them.
Pirates owner Bob Nutting believes the Pirates can help Jung Ho Kang, who is going to trial for his third DUI arrest.
Pirates ace anxious to start season of redemption after injury-filled 2016.
The Pirates third baseman will stand trial in South Korea on DUI charges.
Nova sought greatness when he was younger, so he followed around stars Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia when he was with New York.
Winning and playoff appearances have been nice, but that is not good enough for the Pirates’ embattled owner.
The Pirates plan for Bell to be the primary first baseman this season.
Generally, these kinds of questions sort themselves out, but there seems to be more uncertainty this year than the past five seasons.
Austin Meadows and Kevin Newman received invitations to major league camp this spring.
There are questions every spring. But for a team that dropped off by 20 wins the questions are bound to taken on greater importance.
For the Pirates, it starts with an old-school stat, and depends upon how well the Pirates’ pitching staff can hang together.
The starting rotation suffered a drastic decline in performance during the 2016 season.
There is likely to be some competition throughout the Pirates pitching staff during spring training.
The utility infielder played in 122 games for the Diamondbacks in 2016.
The career center fielder and former MVP will move to right field this season.
Major League Baseball is again looking at ways to speed up and shorten games but it’s missing the big picture.
The stadium, formerly McKechnie Field, is now LECOM Park and has hosted Pirates spring training games since 1969.
The collision was what many who weren’t comfortable with the so-called Robinson “experiment” felt would lead to riots.
Jung Ho Kang has a trial date set for Feb. 22. The Pirates’ first full-squad workout is Feb. 17.
The Pirates new right fielder (and old center fielder) took his move like a pro, manager Clint Hurdle said.
Light, 25, made his big-league debut in 2016 and adds another arm to an already crowded bullpen.
Marte was the Pirates’ best player last season, and now he’s their center fielder.
All three Pirates outfielders will play in this spring’s World Baseball Classic.
Gregory Polanco will play left field full-time in 2017, while Andrew McCutchen shifts from center to right.
Cole dealt with three different injuries last season.
Jameson Taillon’s offseason training made him re-think, and re-work, how he stands and moves.
The key to moving around the Pirates outfield will be whether Gregory Polanco is able to adapt quickly to left.
The 25-year-old Taillon will open 2017 in the Pirates’ rotation.
Meanwhile, Gregory Polanco will move to left field and Starling Marte will replace McCutchen in center field.