Clayton Richard SP CHC 1 month ago

Richard will have his next turn in the rotation skipped, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

Richard was a last-minute replacement for Tsuyoshi Wada (shoulder) on Saturday, and actually cashed in a respectable outing, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings. His time in the rotation will likely be short-lived, however, as Wada could return to the Cubs by next weekend if his rehab start Monday goes well. Richard will likely occupy a bullpen role until another spot start is needed, or a roster move is announced.

Clayton Richard SP CHC 1 month ago

Richard has been acquired by the Cubs from the Pirates for cash. He will start Saturday's game against the Marlins, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

The Cubs were scrambling for a starter to replace the injured Tsuyoshi Wada in the rotation, while the veteran left-hander was stuck at Triple-A Indianapolis for the Pirates. In nine starts this season, Richard has posted a 2.09 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 56 innings, but he's done with just 25 strikeouts against 13 walks.

Clayton Richard SP CHC 2 months ago

The Pirates are encouraged with Richard's pitching at Triple-A, where he's posted a 3.16 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 37.1 innings, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"This is the first time where he's been able to go in repetition in quite some time to take the ball every fifth or sixth day, so he's encouraged about that," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Fastball command's been good, his velocity's been firm." The 31-year-old lefty missed most of 2014 with thoracic outlet syndrome. He could provide the Bucs with a mid-season boost if the team decides to take Jeff Locke out of the rotation or if injuries strike.

Clayton Richard SP CHC 4 months ago

Richard believes he's close to resurfacing in the majors with Pittsburgh. "I'm real happy with where I'm at," Richard told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I don't think I'm that far away from being a big league option, and that excites me."

The plan is for Richard to remain at Pirate City for a couple weeks while the team decides his next step. Most likely, the 31-year-old will report to Triple-A Indianapolis in mid-April to continue his quest back to the big leagues. Given the frailty of the team's starters, Richard will likely find his way to Pittsburgh this summer.

Clayton Richard SP CHC 4 months ago

Richard declined his opt-out clause and will pitch in the Pirates' extended spring training, possibly followed by a move to Triple-A Indianapolis, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Richard will not begin the season with the Pirates, but likely feels the organization is his best chance at a shot back in the bigs. The 31-year-old missed most of 2014 due to thoracic outlet syndrome, but appears to be managing the issue in regards to pitching. While it's possible he resurfaces in the majors at some point in 2015, he could also serve as organizational depth.

Clayton Richard SP CHC 5 months ago

Richard threw two shutout innings Saturday, allowing two hits while striking out three batters, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

"It was another confidence boost for him," manager Clint Hurdle said. Richard has a chance to be yet another successful reclamation for pitching coach Ray Searage and the team's staff. The lefty will almost surely start the season with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Clayton Richard SP CHC 5 months ago

The Pirates are working with Richard to break the bad habits he developed while pitching with thoracic outlet syndrome, the team's official website reports.

Pitching coach Ray Searage is looking for Richard to smooth out and consistently repeat his delivery. "He's strong as an ox. Just got to work on a couple things," Searage said. "He's in protection mode. He knows that old feeling of when he felt the pain, the body goes into 9-1-1." Richard will likely start the season at Triple-A, but injuries to the pitching staff could earn him a shot at the rotation. The lefty has tossed on 86 professional innings since 2012 due to injury.

Clayton Richard SP CHC 7 months ago

Richard (shoulder) is looking to rebound after missing nearly all of the 2014 season following his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Richard is a longshot to make the Pirates, at least out of camp, but he is one of only two lefties (along with Jeff Locke) in the mix. Pittsburgh has helped to rehab starters such as Francisco Liriano and Vance Worley, and will look to do the same with Richard. He posted a 3.75 ERA in 201.2 IP in 2010 but hasn't been healthy since.

Clayton Richard SP CHC 8 months ago

Richard signed a minor league contract with the Pirates on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.

Richard signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks midway through last season, and made four starts between Double-A and Triple-A, finishing with a 6.60 ERA and 1.80 WHIP with seven strikeouts over 15 innings at Double-A. With the Pirates in danger of losing Edinson Volquez and Francisco Liriano to free agency, Richard may have an outside shot at snagging a rotation spot with a strong spring training.

Clayton Richard SP CHC 11 months ago

Richard allowed three runs in seven innings for Double-A Mobile against the Mississippi Braves on Wednesday.

Richard, who missed two years due to shoulder surgeries, has put together two quality starts. His record remains at 0-2 for the year. He allowed six runs in his first start with Mobile. It remains to be seen whether Richard will make a run at the Diamondbacks this season.