Tony Watson RP PIT 8 Days

Watson recorded his second save of the season Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit and recording one strikeout against the Braves.

He was used Sunday when Mark Melancon was unavailable after being used in three straight games, but Melancon was used again to pick up the save Monday, so it seems like manager Clint Hurdle is simply trying to even out the workload for his two best relievers as the Pirates gear up for a playoff run. At this point, both pitchers could be options for saves down the stretch, but Melancon remains the more likely candidate to take the ball in the ninth inning.

Tony Watson RP PIT 10 Days

Watson allowed two singles and hit one batter but earned his first save of the season Sunday in a scoreless inning.

With closer Mark Melancon out after pitching in three straight games, Watson got the ninth-inning call. The lefty, who ranks second in the NL with 33 holds, upped his velocity and hit 97 mph on the radar gun. He could take over as Pittsburgh's closer in 2015 if anything happens to Melancon.

Tony Watson RP PIT 25 Days

Watson will be unavailable out of the bullpen Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Both Watson and closer Mark Melancon pitched two innings Saturday, and although Melancon's status is uncertain, Watson has been ruled out. If Melancon is ultimately deemed unavailable as well, look for John Axford to potentially vulture a save opportunity.

Tony Watson RP PIT 1 Month

Watson picked up his 10th win of the season, allowing one hit and recording just one out in the Pirates' win over Cincinnati on Friday night.

In a league counting holds he is golden and contributes a sparkling 1.72 ERA. The 10 wins are a huge bonus so his owners have to be pleased with his incredible season.

Tony Watson RP PIT Jun 20 '13

Tony Watson notched a six-out save in Thursday's win over the Reds.

It was his second career save, both of them coming this season. Watson struck out one and didn't allow a hit or a walk. Jason Grilli was unavailable after pitching the previous two days (including his first blown save on Wednesday), but he should be ready for Friday's series opener against the Angels.

Tony Watson RP PIT Apr 25 '13

With both Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon unavailable, Tony Watson nailed down his first career save Thursday, giving up one run over two innings in a win over the Phillies.

Watson allowed a hit and a run in the eighth and a leadoff double in the ninth, but he then retired three straight to close out the two-run victory. The southpaw has a 3.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP for the season and appears to be third in line for saves in Pittsburgh.

Tony Watson RP PIT Mar 20 '13

Making his first appearance in three weeks, Tony Watson gave up three runs in an inning Wednesday against the Braves.

Watson figured to be a lock for the Pirates pen after finishing with a 3.38 ERA in 53 1/3 innings as a lefty specialist last year, but he's dealing with some largely undisclsed issues right now and he's given up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings this spring. He does have an option remaining, so the Pirates may choose to send him him down until he gets things sorted out.

Tony Watson RP PIT Mar 15 '13

Tony Watson is scheduled to return to action Sunday.

Watson hasn't pitched in a game since February 28 due to unspecified mechanical and physical issues. However, it appears that he is over the hump.

Tony Watson RP PIT Mar 13 '13

Tony Watson hasn't thrown in a game since February 28 due to what he calls "mechanical and physical issues."

Watson declined to elaborate, so the severity of his physical issue isn't known. It's also a mystery when he'll pitch next. The 27-year-old had a 3.38 ERA and 53/23 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings last season and was expected to be the Pirates' primary left-hander out of the bullpen in 2013.

Tony Watson RP PIT Aug 20 '11

Pirates recalled LHP Tony Watson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He's taking the roster spot of the injured Paul Maholm, who was placed on the DL Friday. Watson has posted a nice 2.73 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 26 1/3 major league innings this season, but his stay could be short, as the Pirates will need to recall someone (likely Ross Ohlendorf) for Tuesday's doubleheader.