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Musgrove says shoulder discomfort is minor

Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove did not throw his scheduled live batting practice session Sunday due to right shoulder discomfort, but he believes it is only a minor issue.

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More on Musgrove

Pirates Prospects is reporting (sub. req’d) that Joe Musgrove was shut down due to right shoulder discomfort. The severity remains to be determined. Musgrove went on the disabled list last season with a sore shoulder, but returned after two weeks, so it’s not a certainty that this is a significant issue.

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Poll: Who is the Pirates’ #15 prospect?

The list so far:

Mitch Keller, RHP Austin Meadows, OF Shane Baz, RHP Colin Moran, 3B Cole Tucker, SS Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B Kevin Newman, SS Nick Kingham, RHP Jordan Luplow, OF Taylor Hearn, LHP Bryan Reynolds, OF Kevin Kramer, 2B Lolo Sanchez, OF Max Moroff, IF

This poll closes at 5pm on February 20.

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Musgrove shut down and other news

Much of this comes via Thunder, who knows all and sees all . . . .

— This may be the most predictable event of the pre-season:

Per sources, Joe Musgrove was evaluated by the medical staff after his bullpen session was cut short Sundayhttps://t.co/vlQXanWVTZ

— Lance Lysowski (@LLysowski) February 18, 2018

Neal Huntington was spotted shortly afterward on a sunny day in Bradenton:

— Huntington and Clint Hurdle dealt further with the culture wars. You can pick up the highlights...

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The saga continues: J-Hay arrives

It’s the story that won’t die . . . .

Josh Harrison, newly arrived in camp, echoed earlier comments by David Freese and Gerrit Cole about the Pirates’ culture. And those comments are getting increasingly pointed, and increasingly focused on the front office. In Harrison’s case, it’s pretty simple to summarize: He wants to play on a team that’s trying to win and he’s not seeing the signals from the Pirates’ front office that winning is their priority.

Harrison specifically...

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Diaz arrives at camp, says mom is doing well

Pirates catcher Elias Diaz reported to Spring Training on Sunday morning, smiling as usual inside the Pirate City clubhouse, with some good news to share. His mother, Ana Isabel Soto, is "doing a lot better" after she was kidnapped and rescued in Venezuela, Diaz said.

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Pirates’ Diaz discusses mother’s kidnapping ordeal

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz says his mother is doing better after a harrowing kidnapping ordeal in Venezuela. Ana Isabel Soto was rescued last weekend, three days after she was kidnapped. Diaz was given permission to arrive late to spring training, and he spoke to reporters there Sunday. He says his joy was “overwhelming” after his mother was found. The 27-year-old Diaz says he’s trying to move family members out of Venezuela, but the process isn’t...

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J-Hay reports, reiterates desire to contend or leave

After publicly requesting a trade if the team does not intend to contend the next two years, Josh Harrison reported to Pirates camp on Sunday morning.

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Pirates' Diaz discusses mother's kidnapping

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz says his mother is doing better after a harrowing kidnapping ordeal in Venezuela.

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Gerrit Cole has his say

Pirates Prospects has posted an interview with Gerrit Cole on the subject of David Freese’s comments regarding the Pirates’ lack of a winning culture. It’s behind the paywall, but from the title it’s obvious that Cole agrees with Freese’s comments. He also points the finger at management more squarely than Freese did. The one thing I find the most striking is that Cole says the players discussed the fact that they didn’t hear the word “win” a lot. That echoes Freese’s...

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Hurdle: Frazier to see more time in LF in spring

Adam Frazier will see extra reps in left field for the Pirates to start the spring. With manager Clint Hurdle announcing that Gregory Polanco will be used exclusively in right and Starling Marte in center, the competition is on to fill the left-field spot. Frazier was among the players that Hurdle said would see increased time in left once Grapefruit League games start.

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Now healthy, Polanco ready to resume rise

If Gregory Polanco needs to help carry his Pirates teammates this season, he should have fresh enough legs to do it.

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Clint Hurdle responds to Freese, and other notes

— Clint Hurdle isn’t a manager you’d expect to see in a pissing contest with one of his players, or anybody else, really. So it was predictable that he’d respond in a measured, positive manner to Freese’s comments about the Pirates lacking a winning culture.

“David and I had conversations at the end of the season, and I love his perception,” Hurdle said when asked about Freese. “I love all the players’ perceptions. I think that’s one of the best lessons I’ve learned...

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Giants add another ex-Pirate in Tony Watson

The Giants are turning into a sort of Pirates West, in that they probably won’t be participating in the 2018 postseason signed free-agent left-handed relief pitcher Tony Watson, Jon Heyman and Robert Murray report at FanRag Sports.

@SFGiants have a deal with lhp Tony Watson, from me and @RobertMurrayFRS

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2018

Watson joins fellow former Pirates Andrew McCutchen, Mark Melancon and Gorkys Hernandez in San Francisco. Also, Giants reliever Hunter...

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Pirates' David Freese: Andrew McCutchen 'deserved better'

David Freese held nothing back when speaking to reporters Friday and he issued a form of apology to Pirates great Andrew McCutchen.

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Poll: Who is the Pirates’ #14 prospect?

The vote total is sinking fast. All the popular guys must be off the board.

So far:

Mitch Keller, RHP Austin Meadows, OF Shane Baz, RHP Colin Moran, 3B Cole Tucker, SS Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B Kevin Newman, SS Nick Kingham, RHP Jordan Luplow, OF Taylor Hearn, LHP Bryan Reynolds, OF Kevin Kramer, 2B Lolo Sanchez, OF

This poll closes at 5pm on February 18.

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Quiz: Name the players originally signed by the current front office who debuted with the Pirates

Sporcle only allows for a short quiz title, so let me elaborate: This is all players originally signed by the current front office, whether as a draftee, a non-drafted free agent, or an international free agent, or through foreign league posting rules, who made their major league debuts with the Pirates. The year is the year of the player’s Pirates debut. The position is the one he primarily played, not necessarily the one he played in his first game.

There are 30 players here. If you...

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Bullpen race wide open in Bucs camp

Less than a week into Spring Training, the Pirates' rotation is all but officially set. They have one open spot in their outfield. They might have to make a tough decision or two as they fill out their bench. But what about their bullpen? That race looks to be wide open.

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Freese: Pirates not trying hard enough to win

David Freese thinks the Pittsburgh Pirates are not trying hard enough to win, deciding instead to rebuild by trading away center fielder Andrew McCutchen and right-hander Gerrit Cole.

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David Freese had a lot to say about the Pirates and their lack of a 'winning culture'

Freese went on a prolonged rant about the Pirates organization

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