Injuries have beset Francisco Cervelli in a big way, for a long time. He hasn’t caught more than 49 games since the 2010 season, when he caught a career-high 93.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Wilkin Castillo and right-handed pitcher Josh Wall to minor league contracts with invitations to big league spring training camp.
Catcher Russell Martin is reportedly signing with the Toronto Blue Jays.
As the rumors continue to fly about whether Russell Martin will be coming back to the Pirates, there are reports of a trade tonight with the New York Yankees.
The Pirates offered catcher Russell Martin a $15.3 million qualifying offer on Monday, and today he is in high demand.
Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington says the team will go way beyond their comfort level to keep Russell Martin.
He might be playing for the Colorado Rockies as they come to PNC Park for the Pirates first post All-Star game series, but former Pirates catcher Michael McKenry says he still has fond memories of his time and Pittsburgh and pulls for them to have success.
Tony Sanchez will take over for Pirates pitcher Jason Grilli.
As is typical this time of the year, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced another round of roster moves as they trim it down to the 25 if needs to be by Opening Day.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The 2013 baseball season, at minimum, will be remembered as the one that ended a torturous streak of losing in Pittsburgh, and for backup catcher Michael McKenry, it will be remembered as the one in which the Pirates came into their own.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Pirates have recalled right-handed closer Jason Grilli from his rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona and reinstated him from the disabled list, the team announced today.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — As the Pirates prepare for the arrival of outfield prospect Andrew Lambo in St. Louis Tuesday, they have also announced the acquisition of former Major League catcher Kelly Shoppach, who has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Pirates Catcher Russell Martin got the day off in the series finale against the Miami Marlins, but when his name was called to pinch hit late in a tied game, he came up clutch as the Pirates completed the three game sweep.
With backup Catcher Michael McKenry out for the year after having knee surgery, Tony Sanchez will get his first extended chance with the big league club, and talks about his first game behind the plate being a shutout.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Pirates’ impressive pitching depth continued to be on display Monday night at PNC Park. They’ve had to lean on that depth with a number of injured hurlers still working toward a return–whether it’s this season or next.