Pirates notebook: Still no starter named for Wednesday’s game
The Pittsburgh Pirates have not named a starter for Wednesday’s game in Houston, although general manager Neal Huntington suggested minor-leaguer Dario Agrazal is a candidate.
Joe Musgrove will pitch Thursday, the sixth day after his most recent start.
“As we look at the bigger picture, we’re looking at the rest of the season,” Huntington said, “and not just this start.
“There are times we work with the guys and determine, ‘Hey, this pitcher isn’t ready to go today.’ While it may hurt us today, it should help us for the next five months.
“There is so much behind the scenes that isn’t disclosed.
“We feel this rotation and going with TBA will put us in the best situation to win the most possible games going forward.”
Said manager Clint Hurdle: “We like it when we can give him (an extra day’s rest) on occasion.”
Agrazal made his big-league debut June 15 when he started and threw four innings against the Miami Marlins. He allowed six hits, three runs (two earned), with no walks.
“He served himself very well,” Huntington said. “He certainly is a candidate for that spot.”
Trevor Williams will make his second start since coming off the injured list Tuesday in Houston.
Adam Frazier went from first to third on a sacrifice bunt Saturday, moving his left arm (the one closest to third Padres third baseman Manny Machado) behind his back while he was diving head-first into bag.
“Just kind reaction,” said Frazier, who said it was the first time he went from first to third on a bunt in the majors. “It’s all a matter if the third baseman gets back or not. I saw Manny (Machado) was still in there (in case he had to field the bunt). I just kept running.”
Hurdle said players and staff meet before every series, discussing an opponent’s defensive shifts and if they might be susceptible to a runner taking an extra base on a bunt.
“I was glad to see it happen,” Hurdle said.
Finding his niche
Frazier was hitting .293 in June before Sunday’s game, but he was not in the starting lineup, with Kevin Newman at second base and Jung Ho Kang at shortstop.
“I’m starting to figure some stuff out,” Frazier said. “Not trying to do too much.”
He has hit in the eighth spot in the order 13 times after starting the season as the leadoff hitter. He is batting .242 leading off but .289 eighth.
On the mend
Jordan Lyles (hamstring) pitched Sunday for Triple-A Indianapolis on a rehab assignment, and shortstop Erik Gonzalez expects to follow him this week. Gonzalez fractured his clavicle in a collision with Starling Marte on April 19.
“I feel pretty nice right now, 100%,” Gonzalez said. “Excited to get back. No pain, nothing.”
Gonzalez hopes to be able to play in a Triple-A game Friday.
Love baseball? Stay up-to-date with the latest Pittsburgh Pirates news.
Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .