FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Prior to departing to Fort Myers, Fla., for the Bucs game against the Minnesota Twins, the Pittsburgh Pirates cut 10 players from Major League camp. Highlighting the list was lefty Jeff Locke, who made his Major League debut with the Bucs in 2011, and the Pirates first round pick in 2009 catcher Tony Sanchez.
Catcher Ramon Cabrera, right-hander Mike Crotta, outfielder Robbie Grossman, infielder Anderson Hernandez, righty Logan Kensing and Sanchez were all reassigned to minor league camp.
Infielder Chase d’Arnaud, Locke, and southpaw Rudy Owens were optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Righty Duke Welker was optioned to Altoona.
"You always hate to send guys out," Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said. "The worst days are releasing guys, those are the ones that you lose sleep over. Terminating staff members, you’re impacting people's lives. Here you’re just delaying their dream a little bit. You’re giving them feedback as what they need to do to get b...