Pirates notebook: Cole prepared to make scheduled start
Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole said that he's “good to go” after leaving Friday's start with soreness in his right lat.
He was re-evaluated on Saturday after getting active on the field and playing catch.
Cole (7-4) pitched five scoreless innings Friday against the Phillies before he exited the game. It was just Cole's second start after coming off the disabled list because of right shoulder fatigue.
His next scheduled start will be Wednesday at St. Louis against right-hander Lance Lynn.
Prior to the National Anthem, the Pirates held a moment of silence to remember Richard Mellon Scaife, who passed away Friday.
Calling him a “wonderful Pittsburgher” who supported not only politics and news but also the arts, history, sports and the community, the Pirates extended their thoughts to Scaife's children and family.
The Pirates went into the day tied with the Brewers and the Mets for the third-most stolen bases in the National League with 60. They trailed the Dodgers, with 83, and the Reds, with 75.
The Pirates' 71 percent success rate, however, was fourth-lowest in the league and just barely above what manager Clint Hurdle considers acceptable.
“We're not that good. We're getting better,” Hurdle said. “I like to use a 70 percent marker as acceptable. We have speed, usable speed, and some other guys who've just become better baserunners and worked on their leads and breaks.
“We do the delayed steal, which has gotten us a few (stolen bases). We've gotten more aggressive on the dirt ball. It's a mentality we've challenged these guys with for years and it's really, I think, really taken roots this year for the entire group.”
Starling Marte leads the team and is fifth in the NL with 21 steals, followed by Andrew McCutchen with 13. Josh Harrison is third, with nine including his steal in the sixth inning on Saturday.
Hurdle said he didn't have any anxiety over where former Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija might end up, but he is a big fan of the trade Friday night that sent Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the American League. Samardzija has a 4-4 record and 2.22 ERA in 20 career games against the Pirates, and is 4-2 with a 1.26 ERA in 11 games at PNC Park.
“I was like, nice move,” Hurdle said of the deal that landed Samardzija and Hammel in Oakland. “Well done.”
Pirates claim infielder
Infielder Dean Anna, who was designated for assignment by the Yankees, was claimed by the Pirates and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Anna, 27, was on the Yankees' 2014 Opening Day roster and made his major league debut April 14.
The second baseman/shortstop appeared in 12 games with the Yankees (.136 batting average, one double, one home run, three RBI) before being optioned to Triple-A on April 24.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Snider trade reeks
- Pirates pitcher Cole climbing list with each consecutive win
- Gameday: Pirates vs. Reds, May 5, 2015
- Pirates notebook: Lack of clutch hits strands offense
- Pirates suffer 3rd straight walk-off loss in St. Louis in 14 innings
- Sawchik: Should Pirates be concerned about their defense?
- Pirates’ anemic offense fails in extra-inning loss to Cardinals
- Pirates minor league report: Curve wait for rotation adversity
- Gameday: Pirates at Cardinals, May 3, 2015
- Pirates notebook: Opponents running wild on Bucs
- Biertempfel: Despite Wainwright injury, Cardinals still considered favorite in NL Central