Roster Moves: Penn, Hanrahan, Burres, McCutchen, Ohlendorf

A bunch of roster moves made today, so here’s a quick recap:

-Hayden Penn was designated for assignment.  I wonder how his recent performance has affected his chances of being claimed elsewhere.  He’s a guy who I wouldn’t mind losing, but at the same time, I wouldn’t mind if he goes to AAA to work on his command.  No harm in trying to catch lightning in a bottle with a talented arm like Penn.  Although, it seems like you’d have a better chance of catching lightning in a bottle than getting any kind of production out of Penn, based on what we saw over the last week.

-Joel Hanrahan was activated from the 15-day disabled list.  He will really help the back of the bullpen, which is already looking like a strong unit.

-Ross Ohlendorf was scratched from his start tonight with back spasms.  To take his place, the Pirates purchased the contract of pitcher Brian Burres.  Burres will take Penn’s spot on the 40-man roster, and will start tonight (actually, that game just started at the time of this post).  Daniel McCutchen was sent down to clear a 25-man roster spot for Burres.  If Ohlendorf is unable to go on Friday, McCutchen would be called up to make the start.

Normally, when a player is optioned to the minors, he can’t be recalled for at least ten days.  The exception is if another player has to go on the disabled list.  That’s how McCutchen would be allowed to return so soon.  Also, McCutchen won’t use an option if he spends less than 20 days this season on optional assignment.  However, McCutchen has three options, so using one for the 2010 season wouldn’t be a big deal.

-In other news, I’ve been out of town for the past two days due to the death of a family friend.  I’ll be heading home tomorrow, but not before stopping off in Altoona for the game.  I’m hoping to get a video recap (I think Mike Crotta is starting), and possibly some interviews and photos to go with that.  In the mean time, I’ve already scheduled posts to go up for the time I’m gone (the Zach Von Rosenberg video recap went up last night).  Tonight will be the weekly draft prospects rundown, and tomorrow will be a Zack Dodson video recap.  I may have a post tomorrow afternoon, depending on my schedule.

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