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Pirates Release Tom Boleska, Activate Brian Leach

Pirates Release Tom Boleska, Activate Brian Leach

Leach has been activated from the Altoona DL.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right handed reliever Tom Boleska, in order to make room in Altoona for right handed reliever Brian Leach, who is coming off the disabled list.  Boleska currently has a 5.40 ERA in 16.2 innings, with an 11:12 K/BB ratio.  Most of his struggles are recent, as he started the season with 10.2 shutout innings, before allowing 10 runs in six innings over his last four outings.  However, his strikeout numbers weren't strong in April, with a 5:6 K/BB ratio in those 10.2 shutout innings.

Boleska was drafted in the 35th round of the 2007 draft, and is currently in his second season in Altoona, spending half a season at the level in 2010.  He put up a 2.73 ERA in 26.1 innings last year, with an 18:8 K/BB ratio. ...

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