Stop the presses! Stop the presses! That's right, Black-N-Gold Nation. Mrs. Black-N-Gold is back with all the information. She has the latest on our favorite Black-N-Gold Teams, the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. It's time for another edition of The Black-N-Gold News.
THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS
More roster moves were made this week in anticipation of the roster expansion at the start of September. In a paper move, UTL Adam Frazier was optioned to Bristol to make room for RH AJ Schugel from Indy.
Our Pirates promptly went and beat the Brewers 3-1 to complete the sweep. It's the 1st time our favorite Black-N-Gold Baseball team cleaned house in Milwaukee. How sweep it is!
Word also leaked that the Bucs would have a representative at former Heisman winning QB Tim Tebow's workout later in the week. 28 MLB teams were expected to send reps to give Tebow a look.
Monday the Pirates opened a 3-game series with NL Central leading-Chicago. Prior to the game, the Buccos placed RH Gerrit Cole on the 15 day DL with elbow inflammation. LH Steven Brault was recalled from Indy to take Cole's place and start Monday's game.
The opener had it all: action, intrigue. What it lacked was a Pirates win. The good guys fell to the Cubbies in 13 innings, 8-7.
1B Josh Bell received some accolades this week. The rookie was named an International League post-season All-Star for his play at Indy. Congrats to JBell!
The Pirates shuffled more players and paper when they called up LH Kelvin Marte and INF Alen Hanson from Indy. They sent LH Steven Brault and RH Jameson Taillon to Bristol and designated LH Kyle Lobstein for assignment. They also sent OF Tito Polo and LH Stephen Tarpley to the Yanks to complete the deadline made for RH Ivan Nova.
Some Pirates prospects made the news for all the wrong reasons this week. Indy INF Gift Ngoepe and RH Dovydas Neverauskas were suspended for the remainder of the season. They were involved in an altercation at a bar over the weekend.
All these moves and the Bucs couldn't pull it together. They lost Tuesday night's game 3-0.
Lobstein ended up getting traded to Baltimore for LH Zach Phillips. Phillips was then sent to Triple A Indy.
And again the Pirates fell to the Cubs as they were swept out of Chicago, 6-5.
The Buccos also obtained LH Jake Brentz and RH Pedro Vasquez from Seattle. This move completed the Arquimedes Caminero deal. The roster continued to expand, too. Taillon, Brault and Frazier were "recalled" from Bristol. INF Jason Rogers was called up from Indy. And C Chris Stewart was reinstated from the DL.
The Bucs still found themselves in the loss column. The Brewers came to town and took the opener 1-0. They took the series last night in a 7-4 beating of the Buccos. To add insult to injury, RH Neftalii Feliz left the game with an injury, the dreaded "right arm discomfort." Today they look to clean house at PNC Park.
St Louie pays a visit starting Monday with the Pirates sinking like a stone in the standings. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!
Our Steelers suffered some significant injuries in last week's preseason game vs Philly. T Marcus Gilbert was diagnosed with a hyper-extended elbow. He joins DL Cam Heyward (high ankle sprain) as questionable to the opener at Washington on September 12. Both players way they'll play. Only time and the medical staff will tell. Get well soon!
Speaking of injuries, free agent signee TE Ladarius Green starts the season on the PUP list with an ankle. Or a concussion. Or whatever else ails him. If/when he plays for the Black-N-Gold, it won't be for at least 6 weeks.
A few Steelers received some good news this week. WR Antonio Brown had his contract restructured. This is a way for the Steelers to kick AB more cash until they get around to negotiating a new contract for him. LB James Harrison received word from the NFL that he has been cleared of PED allegations.
Our favorite Black-N-Gold Football Team placed QB Bruce Gradkowski on IR with a hamstring. To replace Grad, the Steelers claimed QB Zach Mettenberger off waivers from San Diego. They also worked out RB Karlos Williams. It may not work out, though. Williams is suspended for the 1st 4 games of the season.
The Steelers limped to the finish of the preseason with an 18-6 loss to Carolina on Thursday. They finished the exhibition season with a 1-3 record.
Yesterday saw a plethora of moves as they Steelers trimmed their roster to the 53-man limit. They acquired CB Justin Gilbert, a former 1st round pick, from the Browns for a 2018 6th round pick. Gilbert may be more damaged goods as he is currently in the NFLs concussion protocol.
They cut numerous players, as well. Gone are WRs Demarcus Ayers, Cobi Hamilton & Marcu Tucker, RBs Brandon Brown-Dukes & Cameron Stingily, OL Shahbaz Ahmed, Antoine Everett, Matt Feiler & Wade Hansen, DL Lavon Hooks, Caushaud Lyons & Johnny Maxey, CBs Montell Garner, Doran Grant, Al-Hajj Shabazz & Donald Washington, LBs Travis Feeney, Steven Johnson & Jermauria Rasco, QB Bryn Renner & S Ray Vinopal. They also waived/injured TE Paul Lang.
They'll sign their practice squad players today. Then it's time to start preparation for next week's kickoff September 12 in Washington. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!
Our Pens announced this week that F Phil Kessel could miss the beginning of the season. Phil the Thrill continues to recover from offseason hand surgery. Get well soon, Phil!
There are now 39 days till our favorite Black-N-Gold Hockey Team defends their championship. Let's Go Pens!!!