Hurdle Changes His Mind, Plus News on Taillon

During his pre-game gathering with the media, manager Clint Hurdle dropped a few pieces of interesting information regarding the current roster.

First thing, Hurdle says that Jameson Taillon will return to the starting rotation next week. At this point, no public decision was announced as to who Taillon will replace in the starting five. Barring either Ivan Nova or Gerrit Cole going to the disabled list, the decision will come down to either Tyler Glasnow or Chad Kuhl.

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Scouting Report on Top AAA Indianapolis Prospects

After a rough start to the season, the Pirates AAA affiliate Indianapolis Indians had a great month of May.

Last night, left-hander Steven Brault was dominant in shutting out Lehigh Valley, which is the top team in AAA baseball.

Brault went 7 innings allowing only 5 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks and striking out 8 batters. The 25-year old lowered his season ERA to 2.20, which is the second lowest in the International League.

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Taillon to Make Rehab Start Tomorrow

Finally, the Pirates have received some good news.

Doctors have determined that Jameson Taillon is healthy enough to get back on the mound.

The team announced this evening Taillon will make a rehab start tomorrow for the Altoona Curve at Erie.

Earlier this month, Taillon underwent surgery for testicular cancer. If all goes well, the right-hander could rejoin the team sometime in June.

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Upcoming Decisons for Hurdle

Don’t look now but the Pirates are stringing together wins and showing shines of turning around the 2017 season.

Following today’s 9-4 win over Atlanta, the Pirates have now won 8 of their last 12 games.

They’ll have a chance to keep up the winning baseball because starting tomorrow night against the New York Mets, 16 of their next 21 games will be played at PNC Park.

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Pirates Tony Watson Hires Scott Boras

Now it’s almost certain that Tony Watson’s days in a Pirates uniform are numbered.

Considering he’s a free agent after the season and with the fact that the 32-year old has pitched a bunch of innings the last few years (3rd most appearances in the majors since 2014) its highly unlikely the Pirates would pony up what Watson will be looking for come December.

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Jung Ho Kang Loses Appeal

The chances of Jung Ho Kang wearing a Pirates uniform this year took a major hit.

Today, a South Korean court dismissed an appeal by Kang of an eight-month suspended prison sentence. This charge stems from an incident in December when Kang crashed his car into a guardrail and then fled the scene.

It was determined that Kang was drunk with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent, which is higher than Korea’s legal level of 0.05.

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