Pirates notebook: Club announces new contract with KDKA-FM
March 2, 2016 5:47 PM
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is greeted by manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage after hitting a solo home run Tuesday against the Tigers.
By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates and KDKA-FM announced this morning a “multi-year” contract that will keep Pirates radio broadcasts on 93.7 the Fan.
Both the Pirates and CBS Radio Pittsburgh senior VP and marketing manager Michael Young declined to comment on the length of the deal. The Pirates and KDKA-FM had a four-year contract that they agreed to in October 2011.
“Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan is very excited to continue broadcasting Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games and in-depth Pirates related programming,” said Michael Young, CBS Radio Pittsburgh’s senior vice president and market manager. “Station listeners have enthusiastically embraced Pirates games and programs since the radio station began partnering with the team four years ago, and we are looking forward to many more exciting seasons.”
The Pirates returned to KDKA-FM in 2012 after five years with Clear Channel Communications' WPGB-FM News Talk 104.7. KDKA-AM aired Pirates games on a regular basis for more than 50 years until the Pirates reached an agreement with WPGB in September 2006.
“The Pirates and KDKA Radio have a long and incredibly rich history together,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. “Our fans were excited when the Pirates returned to the KDKA family in 2012 and we are thrilled to continue the very strong relationship.”
Gerrit Cole will throw live batting practice this week, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said. What the team described as “inflammation” in Cole’s right ribs had briefly slowed his throwing program.
“Gerrit’s no reservations, no restrictions,” Tomczyk said. “In my opinion, I consider him a healthy pitcher.”
Non-roster invitee Cory Luebke, who strained his right hamstring during a fielding drill, threw off a mound today, Tomczyk said.
The Pirates also will increase the frequency of Jung Ho Kang’s fielding and hitting this week. Kang, who is rehabilitating after a serious surgical procedure on his left knee, will not run the bases yet.
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