The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated relief pitcher Ramon Aguero for assignment, which opens a space for Jose Veras to be added to the 40-man roster. Aguero was added to the 40-man roster prior to the 2010 season, but missed most of the year with an injury. He only pitched 29.1 combined innings in 2010 between high-A and AA, putting up an 8.68 ERA in 18.2 innings at the AA level, along with a poor 6.8 BB/9 ratio.
I saw Aguero last week in Pirate City, when he was mostly sitting at 91-92 MPH. He did touch 94-95 MPH a few times, although his command was poor, and the velocity was a far cry from the 97 MPH he displayed prior to the 2010 season. The Pirates will have ten days to trade, waive, or release Aguero.
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