09/08/12 6:58 PM ET
Pirates catch break after making seven errors
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
Hurdle goes over errors with Bucs on video
PITTSBURGH -- When you commit a violation on the road, chances are you will wind up in traffic school. Accordingly, the Pirates fielders who committed multiple violations on the field Friday night had to attend manager Clint Hurdle's train-wreck school.Classes followed a similar curriculum: You had to sit through video demonstrations of the right and wrong way to handle moving objects, in this case baseballs. "I show them good stuff, as well as stuff that didn't work out so well. It's as effective a way of coaching people up as any," said Hurdle, who made clear the video sessions were hardly a type of punishment. "By showing them the plays, they're able to watch it from a different vantage point. More often than not, we didn't keep moving through balls like we should've," the manager explained. "Let's not stick our head in the sand. 'Here's what happened, and here's how we want you to handle it next time.'" The "students" included second baseman Brock Holt (two fielding errors), shortstop Josh Harrison (one fielding error), catcher Rod Barajas and first baseman Gaby Sanchez (a throwing error each). Left fielder Starling Marte got his own class after rushing himself into a throwing error and also having a fielding error, both in the third inning. "One time, he panicked," Hurdle said of Marte's first error, on which he first bobbled then wildly heaved the ball on Alfonso Soriano's single. "He grabbed it and just fired it in. We need to slow down our heartbeat on that."
"He has to figure out a way to stay in his world, where nothing bothers him. Whether he throws a ball or gives up a homer ... whatever happens, he just gets that ball back and throws the next pitch without concerns. That's when he's at his best -- and we've seen how good that can be."
-- A.J. Burnett on James McDonald and what can get him back to his first-half mode.
Jeff Karstens (strained right hip flexor) threw a bullpen session Saturday. Assuming no complications during the two intervening rest days, he will throw a simulated game in Cincinnati on Tuesday -- the same day Kevin Correia starts against the Reds. Travis Snider (strained right hamstring) resumed taking batting practice prior to Saturday's game. He and Jose Tabata (left foot contusion) were tentatively available off the bench. Andrew McCutchen's streak of reaching base against the Cubs ended at 40 straight games on Friday. He went 0-for-3 -- twice robbed on sensational outfield catches.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.