Earlier today the Pittsburgh Pirates cut ten players from Major League camp. Andrew Lambo, Chase D'Arnaud, and Brian Friday were all among the cuts, although because they were non-roster invitees, we didn't initially learn about their assignment. According to Jenifer Langosch, all three players will go to Indianapolis, starting the season in AAA.
That assignment is somewhat of a surprise for Lambo and D'Arnaud. Lambo came to the Pirates in the July 31st trade for Octavio Dotel. Prior to the trade, he had a .271/.325/.420 line in 181 at-bats with the Dodgers' AA affiliate in 2010, with his season shortened due to a 50-game drug suspension. His numbers in Altoona don't show it, but he actually improved his power after the trade. ...
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