John Farrell was on MLB Network Radio today and was asked about his closer situation, what with Joel Hanrahan leaving Monday’s game with forearm soreness:
“We’d look to close Tazawa, keep Koji in the 8th inning role. Fortunately we have some depth internally”
Koji being Koji Uehara, of course, who many probably assumed would be next in line for ninth inning duties. But nope.
For what it’s worth, Tazawa is striking out 11.3 batters per nine innings without walking too many dudes. There’s no reason to think he couldn’t handle it.
Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.