Pittsburgh Pirates - PlayerWatch


1:03 PM EDT, September 29, 2014


C Russell Martin missed his second straight start on Sunday with a left hamstring strain. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Martin might have been able to play, but opted to start Chris Stewart behind the plate instead. Martin hit safely in 13 straight games from Sept. 7-22. The hamstring has been a recurring issue.

2B Neil Walker hit his 23rd home run on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati, his fifth home run this season at Great American Ball Park. Walker's home run came off Reds' ace Johnny Cueto in the fourth inning and tied the score 1-1. Walker had already established a club record for homers by a middle-infielder.

C Chris Stewart was hit on the left wrist by Johnny Cueto's bat in the eighth inning of Sunday's game. Stewart was struck on the backswing after Cueto singled home the go-ahead run. X-rays were negative. Stewart left the game and Tony Sanchez took over behind the plate. Stewart is day-to-day.

RHP Charlie Morton underwent season-ending surgery Friday to repair the labrum in his right hip. Morton finishes the year 6-12 with a 3.72 ERA in 26 starts. He had made just one start, on Sept. 16 against Boston, since mid-August.

RHP Gerrit Cole was sharp in his final regular-season start, allowing just one earned run on four hits in seven innings. He did not walk a batter and tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts. But, Cincinnati won the game 4-1, clinching the NL Central crown for the Cardinals.