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Top J.T. Brubaker News
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Racking up strikeouts
Brubaker has allowed eight earned runs to go along with 20 strikeouts and three walks across 12.1 innings in Grapefruit League action.
Brubaker has an ugly 5.84 ERA in the exhibition season, but he has shown impressive strikeout stuff. He has a mediocre 23.3 percent strikeout rate across 315.2 career innings in the majors and has been primarily reliant upon groundballs to get outs, so it's not clear where his uptick in strikeouts is coming from, or if it's sustainable. In his most recent outing Wednesday against Toronto, Brubaker punched out the likes of Whit Merrifield, Bo Bichette and Alejandro Kirk.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Inks one-year deal
Brubaker signed a one-year, $2.275 million contract with the Pirates on Friday to avoid arbitration, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
After recording a career-best 4.69 ERA in 28 starts last season, Brubaker will receive a nice raise from the $725,000 salary he pulled in 2022. Though the 29-year-old righty's stats may not exactly jump off the page, his above-average strikeout rate and 3.91 FIP suggest there could be potential for growth heading into 2023.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Lasts 2.2 innings Tuesday
Brubaker (arm) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two in an 8-7 extra-inning loss Tuesday against St. Louis. He did not factor into the decision.
In his first start since Sept. 15, Brubaker cruised through the first two innings, allowing one walk. In the third, he gave up four singles and three runs came around to score before he was removed with two outs. It was an up-and-down season for the 28-year-old but he finished the year with a career-best 4.69 ERA, 144 innings pitched and 147 strikeouts.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Reinstated for Tuesday's start
Brubaker (arm) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list ahead of his start against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old was previously confirmed as the starter for Tuesday's contest and has now officially been activated from the injured list. Brubaker spent the past couple weeks on the shelf with right arm inflammation and could face some workload limitations given he hasn't seen game action since his last big-league start Sept. 15.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Back in action
Brubaker (arm) will be activated from the 15-day injured list to start Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Brubaker has been ramping up his throwing program over the last week or so and will return to the mound to make one final start in 2022. He's hurled a career-high 141.1 innings and owns a 4.58 ERA and 1.46 WHIP with a 145:53 K:BB heading into Tuesday's outing.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Facing hitters
Brubaker (arm) threw a live bullpen session Monday, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
The newly acquired Miguel Andujar stepped in to take swings against Brubaker, who completed his first live work since landing on the 15-day injured list Sept. 18 with right arm inflammation. Brubaker looks like he'll have a chance to return before the Pirates' season comes to a close Oct. 5, but he probably won't have enough time to build back up to a traditional starter's workload.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Heads to IL with arm inflammation
The Pirates placed Brubaker on the 15-day injured list Sunday with right arm inflammation, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Brubaker's early exit in his most recent start Thursday against the Mets was attributed to lat discomfort, but the Pirates characterized his injury differently upon placing him on the IL. Whatever the case, Brubaker won't be eligible to return from IL until Oct. 1, and with the season coming to an end less than a week after that date, it's possible the Pirates opt to keep him on the shelf for good. Luis Ortiz was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis and will presumably step into the rotation as a replacement for Brubaker, who has posted a 4.58 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 145:53 K:BB across 141.1 innings on the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Ineffective in loss
Brubaker (3-12) took the loss Thursday against the Mets, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in three innings.
Nine of the 18 batters Brubaker faced reached base safely, including the first six batters of the third inning. The big blow came when Francisco Lindor smashed a two-run homer. It was Brubaker's fifth homer allowed in his last four starts, and he has a 6.86 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in that span. His next start will likely be in the middle of next week in New York against the Yankees.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Managing lat injury
Brubaker (3-12) took the loss Thursday against the Mets and exited the start after three innings due to right lat discomfort, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. The right-hander allowed five runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
Brubaker threw 42 of 71 pitches for strikes before being lifted with the injury after the third inning. The early exit ended a string of five straight starts of at least five frames, though he may not have pitched that deep regardless of the injury given his performance. It's unclear if the 28-year-old will be ready for his next turn through the rotation, which tentatively lines up for Wednesday versus the Yankees.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Takes no-decision
Brubaker allowed three runs on six hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out three over six innings in a no-decision versus the Cardinals on Saturday.
Brubaker cruised through four innings, but he allowed a solo shot to Brendan Donovan in the fifth and a two-run blast to Albert Pujols in the sixth. This was Brubaker's second quality start in his last four outings and his eighth such effort of the year. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 4.36 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 140:51 K:BB through 138.1 innings across 26 starts on the year. He's lined up for a road start versus the Mets next week.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Strikes out five in no-decision
Brubaker allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out five in 5.1 innings during Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays. He didn't factor into the decision.
Brubaker had a lengthy layoff after his last start since he recently spent time on the paternity list, but he showed improvement Sunday after giving up six runs in 6.2 innings during his last outing Aug. 23. The right-hander allowed runners to cross the plate in the second, third and fourth innings but was able to settle for the no-decision since Pittsburgh's offense put up three runs between the fourth and fifth innings. Brubaker has held his opponents to three or fewer runs in four of his last five starts, posting a 4.18 ERA in 28 innings over that stretch. He tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against the Cardinals next weekend.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Returns from personal leave
The Pirates reinstated Brubaker (personal) from the paternity list Wednesday.
Brubaker missed his scheduled start Monday after landing on the paternity list, but he should be ready to rejoin the Pirates' rotation for this weekend's series versus the Blue Jays once he completes a bullpen session. Pittsburgh optioned reliever Eric Stout to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear room on the 26-man active roster for Brubaker.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Goes on paternity list
The Pirates placed Brubaker (personal) on the paternity list Sunday.
Brubaker had been lined up to start Monday's series opener in Milwaukee, but his upcoming absence will force the Pirates to change plans. Per MLB rules, Brubaker can spend between 1-to-3 days away from the team while he's on the paternity list, so expect him to be activated no later than Wednesday. Brubaker tentatively lines up to make his next start at some point during next weekend's home series versus the Blue Jays.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Takes 11th loss
Brubaker (3-11) allowed six earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out eight across 6.2 innings to take the loss Tuesday against Atlanta.
Brubaker held Atlanta scoreless through four innings but allowed five of his six runs in the fifth frame. While he's shown flashes of effectiveness this season, Brubaker has struggled to work deep into games and been hit hard across his last five starts. In that span, he has allowed 18 earned runs across 27 innings while also failing to complete more than five frames on three occasions. On the campaign, he owns a 4.39 ERA and 1.43 WHIP across 24 starts.... See More ... See Less
Pirates' JT Brubaker: Cleared to start Tuesday
Brubaker (finger) is scheduled to start Tuesday's home game against Atlanta, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Brubaker contended with a blister on his pitching hand his last time out Thursday against the Red Sox, but it didn't stop him from piling up seven strikeouts over seven shutout innings in what amounted to one of his best starts of the season. The right-hander was apparently able to do some throwing over the weekend without incident, so he'll return to the mound Tuesday on his typical four days' rest and shouldn't face any major workload restrictions when he takes on Atlanta.... See More ... See Less
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