Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:38:58 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers SPs Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto and RP Aroldis Chapman, St. Louis Cardinals SP Adam Wainwright and RP Pat Neshek, Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran and RP Craig Kimbrel, San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner, Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez, San Diego Padres SP Tyson Ross, Pittsburgh Pirates RP Tony Watson and Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann have been named as the pitchers for the National League in the 2014 All-Star Game. Oakland Athletics SP Jeff Samardzija was named to the team as a representative of the Chicago Cubs, but he was traded this weekend. Samardzija will be inactive for the game.
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:52:54 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates have removed RP Jason Grilli from the closer's role. RP Mark Melancon will see the bulk of the save opportunities now, and RP Tony Watson could also work the ninth inning on occasion.
Fantasy Tip: If Melancon is available in your leagues, snatch him up immediately. Watson is worth adding to your roster in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues. It's unclear if Grilli has a shot to win the job back, so don't drop him just yet. In the meantime, you should considering benching him.
Fri, 23 May 2014 13:07:46 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RPs Mark Melancon and Tony Watson will be held out of action Friday, May 23, meaning RP Bryan Morris will be the first option to close out the game in the ninth, if needed.
Fantasy Tip: Clint Hurdle said he will avoid using Jason Grilli (oblique) tonight after he was just activated from the DL.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:36:18 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli will work in middle relief for the time being as he returns from his forearm injury. RP Mark Melancon remains as the team's closer, with RPs Tony Watson and Kyle Farnsworth serving as setup men.
Thu, 30 May 2013 18:39:34 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said RPs Justin Wilson, Tony Watson and Vin Mazzaro could be used in the eighth inning moving forward in case RP Mark Melancon gets used too often.
Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:28:51 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Tony Watson picked up his first career save Thursday, April 25, against the Philadelphia Phillies with RP Jason Grilli getting a day off.
Sun, 17 Mar 2013 12:12:30 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Tony Watson (lat) threw 23 pitches in a minor league game without any issues Sunday, March 17. He had been bothered by a sore lat.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:31:25 -0800
Between Pittsburgh Pirates SPs Jeff Locke and Kyle McPherson, who will both be starting rotation insurance heading into spring training, Locke is more likely to transition to a relief role if the team needs it at any point. Locke could become the second lefty in the bullpen along with RP Tony Watson. Locke gave up only one hit in 4 1/3 relief innings last year, and hitters typically have much more success the second time they see him in the same game.
Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:41:53 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli is expected to serve as the team's closer next season with RPs Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Jared Hughes serving in a setup role.
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:33:48 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jason Grilli will be the team's primary eighth-inning setup man out of the bullpen, according to skipper Clint Hurdle. RP Tony Watson is the only lefty in the pen, and RP Chris Resop is set for the seventh inning. RP Jared Hughes will be in long relief, and Hurdle has yet to define RP Evan Meek's role. "It's going to be interesting to see where his niche evolves," Hurdle said, adding that Meek has been effective against left-handed batters as well as righties.