Vance Worley worked six effective innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped out of a lengthy slump to top the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Friday night.
It’s the second time in three years that Jeff Locke begins the season as a Pirates starter. The last time was in 2013 due to injuries to Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton.
Last year, Vance Worley started some meaningful games down the stretch. Now, Worley will start the year in the bullpen.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle named Jeff Locke the fourth starter over Vance Worley on Monday.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle says a decision is coming soon as to whether Jeff Locke or Vance Worley will fill the final job in the starting rotation.
Vance Worley and Gerrit Cole became the first Pirates pitchers to complete 5 innings as the Bucs beat the Phillies, 6-5, in Bradenton and the Twins, 4-2 in Fort Myers. But the news of the day was the revelation that catcher Tony Sanchez “is on the club,” according to manager Clint Hurdle.
Some news after the Pirates dreadfully long 13-7 loss to the Astros at McKechnie Field. Manager Clint Hurdle said the starting rotation will be Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, AJ Burnett, then either Vance Worley or Jeff Locke followed by Charlie Morton.
Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle alluded to the fact that he knew who would be the team opening day starter early in spring training, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that he made his intentions known to the public.
Pirates pitcher Vance Worley sat down with “The Fan Morning Show” at Spring Training in Bradenton this week to talk about his offseason and the team’s preparations for the 2015 season.
Having hit just .231 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in a season he had to switch positions because he struggled making throws from third to first, Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez filed for a 2015 salary of $5.75 million while the team filed for $5.25 million.
Pitchers and catchers reported on Wednesday to Bradenton, Florida. Though many players have been at Pirate City for a little while, today is what many consider the official “start” of the 2015 baseball season.
In a rare victory for a player against the club, Pirates right-handed pitcher Vance Worley won his arbitration case today, according to a source close to the case.
Travis Snider and Andrew McCutchen hit consecutive run-scoring doubles in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Friday night to keep the pressure on NL Central-leading St. Louis.
The Pirates are acquiring quite the reputation for being a place washed up pitchers go to resurrect their careers, and on top of Pitching Coach Ray Searage, a big reason for that is pitching guru Jim Benedict.
It appears the Pirates’ starting pitching rotation will welcome back a familiar face this week.