According to Dejan Kovacevic on the PBC Blog, the Pittsburgh Pirates have sent Steve Pearce and reliever Steven Jackson to AAA.
Jackson was sent down to make room for Donald Veal, who was activated off of the disabled list today. I wrote the other day that I thought Jackson should be the guy to go down. Jackson’s two scoreless innings today kind of confirmed it, as it seemed the Pirates wanted to save the bullpen arms that would remain in the majors. Jackson had a 3.44 ERA in his time with the Pirates.
Pearce was demoted, although I’m not sure anyone will notice. Pearce was up since June 21st, but received just 12 at-bats in the 17 games he played in. Pearce had just one hit in that time span. No move has been announced yet, but one will be announced before Friday.
Indianapolis has been cleared out as far as hitting prospects go. The Pirates have promoted Garrett Jones and Jeff Salazar. Pearce was just sent down. The next best hitter there is Eric Kratz, although we don’t need a catcher in the majors. Maybe Brian Bixler will get the call. Bixler has a .423 average in July, with a homer in each of his last three games. I don’t expect anything like that in the majors.
Maybe they’re also leaving the door open for Ryan Doumit to return Friday. Seems kind of pointless to send Pearce down and call someone else up, especially when they’ve said Doumit will return right after the All-Star break at the latest. Why bring someone else up for less than a week? It’s obvious that they didn’t mind Pearce riding the major league bench, so I don’t see why having him on the bench a few more days would hurt.
The site has been updated with the moves:
-The 25-Man Roster is updated with the moves.
-The 40-Man Roster/Payroll is updated with the amounts Jackson and Pearce received while they were in the majors.