Fri, 09 May 2014 20:53:17 -0700
San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt (thumb) suffered a broken left thumb during the team's game Friday, May 9.
Fantasy Tip: Michael Morse and Buster Posey could be options to play first base while Belt is out of the lineup. The team could also recall Travis Ishikawa from Triple-A Fresno to see some time at the position. Gregor Blanco or Hector Sanchez could see more playing time depending on what the team does at the position. Ishikawa, Blanco and Sanchez likely would only be NL-only options if they get more playing time.
Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:18:01 -0700
The San Francisco Giants signed free-agent 1B Travis Ishikawa (Pirates) to a minor league deal Friday, April 25.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:49:28 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers and has elected to become a free agent.
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:11:32 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Travis Ishikawa cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis Wednesday, April 23. It remains to be seen if Ishikawa will accept his outright assignment.
Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:34:24 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates have added 1B Ike Davis to the 25-man active roster. In a corresponding move, 1B Travis Ishikawa was designated for assignment.
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:27:22 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates are working with the New York Mets to acquire 1B Ike Davis, and Davis has approved the trade.
Fantasy Tip: The Bucs clearly aren't satisfied with Travis Ishikawa in a platoon at first base with Gaby Sanchez. Davis will essentially replace Ishikawa in that role. Davis' value probably won't increase all that much, but his playing time should increase if he's in a straight platoon with Sanchez.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:17:48 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Tuesday, April 15, that the platoon at first base is not "cookie cutter" in nature, meaning left-handed hitting 1B Travis Ishikawa will not start against all right-handed pitching. Hurdle said he anticipated giving 1B Gaby Sanchez more at-bats against right-handed pitching. He has made just three starts through the first 13 games. "It's not all hard numbers," Hurdle said. "We're kind of old school here. We'll look at what our eyes tell us and what our gut tells us."
Fantasy Tip: Neither Ishikawa nor Sanchez have a whole lot of fantasy appeal outside of the deepest of NL-only formats. First base is kind of a black hole in the Steel City.
Sun, 30 Mar 2014 01:05:08 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Vin Mazzaro was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for 1B Travis Ishikawa.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:06:40 -0700
The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned 1B Andrew Lambo to Triple-A Indianapolis Tuesday, March 25, meaning 1B Travis Ishikawa will likely make the roster as the backup first baseman. The team also optioned OF Jaff Decker and RP Jared Hughes to Indy. Ps Adam Wilk, Jay Jackson, Zach Thornton and Daniel Schlereth, OF Chris Dickerson, C Omir Santos and INFs Robert Andino and Michael Martinez were re-assigned to the minors.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:02:52 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle continues to try and figure out the team's left field and first base positions this spring. 2B Michael Martinez, who is a switch hitter and can play second base and the outfield, is the only one who has distinguished himself in the game Monday, March 11. OFs Andrew Lambo, Jaff Decker, Chris Dickerson, Chris McGuiness and Travis Snider and 1B Travis Ishikawa are all in the mix. "We'll just keep giving them opportunities to play. We'll keep giving them at-bats and see where they take them," said Hurdle, who has begun to divide what he refers to as "separation" among the candidates. "But I'm not gonna seed them for you."