Pirates notebook: Liriano heading to Indianapolis on rehab assignment
Left-hander Francisco Liriano appears to be on track to rejoin the Pirates' starting rotation soon after the All-Star break.
Liriano, who has been on the disabled list since June 11 because of a left oblique strain, will make his first rehab start Monday with Triple-A Indianapolis. He's scheduled for five innings/85 pitches.
“We'll see how I feel after that and then (determine) what's next,” Liriano said.
Wednesday, Liriano threw 73 pitches during a simulated game at PNC Park.
“The first couple days, I was a little scared to throw because I didn't want to get hurt again,” Liriano said. “Now, I feel more free, so I don't fear that at all. Everything feels good now.”
Liriano, 30, has made 14 starts and is 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
According to Baseball America, the Pirates picked up seven players during the international signing period, which began Wednesday.
The group is led by outfielder Yondry Contreras, 16, of the Dominican Republic. He trained with the Dominican Prospect League, which reported that he got a $400,000 bonus. Contreras' mother played softball for the Dominican national team.
Other additions: catcher Gabriel Brito ($200,000 bonus), 16, of the Dominican Republic; left-hander Domingo Robles ($175,000), 16, of the Dominican Republic; right-hander Brian Sousa ($160,000), 16, of Panama; shortstop Christopher Perez ($150,000), 16, of the Dominican Republic; Adonis Pichardo ($105,000), 18, of the Dominican Republic; and left-hander Roger Santana ($100,000), 16, of the Dominican Republic.
None of those players are among this year's top 30 international players as rated by Baseball America.
The Pirates have $640,400 left to spend before reaching their MLB-mandated bonus pool cap of $1,930,400.
Polanco good for business
According to ticket reseller TiqIQ, the price of Pirates tickets on the secondary market has risen 4.22 percent since outfielder Gregory Polanco made his big league debut.
Before Polanco was called up June 10, the average cost of a Pirates ticket was $64.44. The current average price is $67.16.
The average price in MLB is about $80.
Tribute to Gehrig
Ike Davis is among 30 MLB first basemen who helped create a video tribute for the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's “Luckiest Man” speech.
Gehrig was forced to retire after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). On July 4, 1939, at Yankee Stadium, Gehrig thanked the fans and said he felt like he was “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
In the tribute video, Davis and other players recite lines from Gehrig's speech. It will be played at PNC Park and other big league parks before Friday's games.
“Every baseball player knows at least a little about Lou Gehrig,” Davis said. “He holds a special spot in baseball. He was one of the greatest.”
Indianapolis left-hander Andy Oliver, right-hander Casey Sadler, infielder Matt Hague and outfielder Chris Dickerson were named to the International League all-star team. The game will be played July 16 in Durham, N.C. ... Indianapolis put right-hander Jack Brigham on the disabled list due to shoulder fatigue. Brigham, 26, was signed as a minor league free agent in November. ... Double-A Altoona will give out Pedro Alvarez bobbleheads at Saturday's game. Alvarez played in only 60 games for the Curve in 2009 but was named team MVP after batting .333 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs.
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