Pirates Yet to Announce Rotation

GM Neal Huntington says they have 7 starters

Jeff Hathhorn
March 20, 2018 - 5:13 pm
Joe Musgrove

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As Joe Musgrove continues to progress from right shoulder discomfort; no announcement yet as to how the Pirates rotation will look on Opening Day in Detroit.

We know Ivan Nova will start next Thursday and Jameson Taillon the home opener, but GM Neal Huntington said they have not talked to the pitchers yet about how the other three will play out.

“Brault and Glasnow have shown some real good things and they’ve also shown the have some things to work on,” Huntington said.  “We are comfortable with those seven, we will pick five from it.  The five are up front and nothing has changed from it.”

Huntington said they will not use Brault and Glasnow in back-to-back games and continue to prepare them as if they are starters, even if the plan is to be in the bullpen.

“Clint tells a horror story of a team losing three starting pitchers in the final week of Spring Training,” Huntington said.  “We will build them all the way up and it’s much easier to shorten a guy’s outing than build an outing. “

It’s believed that Chad Kuhl and Trevor Williams will remain starters from last year’s team and that Joe Musgrove will pitch when he’s ready.

Musgrove said he has two more starts to make before he’s good to go.  He lasted four innings against Boston on Tuesday, giving up six runs on eight hits and a couple of strikeouts as the Pirates lost 12-6 to the Red Sox.   The 25- year-old righty said he’s not stressed about the results right now, calling it the first speed bump of the spring.

“This is what spring is for, you know,” said Musgrove.  “It’s good to get in there against some good hitters and get honest feedback on what your stuff is doing and what it looks like.  There’s nothing more to say about it.  It’s a good lineup and I didn’t execute a few pitches today.  I did like some things.  Try to hang onto those, and flush the other stuff.”

Luplow Homers

Outfielder Jordan Luplow homered for the second time in the last three games and now has four in Grapefruit League play.  Manager Clint Hurdle said Luplow is putting his foot down as he is still in the mix for a final roster spot.

Hayes Homers

Infield prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes played in his third Spring Training game ever, hit his first homer.  The 21-year-old hit .278 with 43 RBI with Class A Bradenton last year and said he really can’t describe what it was like to homer in a game like this.

“My dad played for the Yankees,” Hayes said.  “I grew up a Yankees fan.  It was great to get that against Boston.”