The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first big round of cuts today, sending five players down to minor league camp. The players who received the gray helmets in their lockers were Jeff Locke, Duke Welker, Mike Crotta, Robbie Grossman, and Logan Kensing.
Jeff Locke was optioned to AAA. Duke Welker was sent to AA. Mike Crotta, Robbie Grossman and Logan Kensing were all re-assigned to minor league camp.
More moves are expected later today.
UPDATE 7:44 AM: Two more cuts, as the Pirates send Rudy Owens and Chase d'Arnaud to AAA.
UPDATE 8:00 AM: Ramon Cabrera has been reassigned to minor league camp.
UPDATE 8:03 AM: The Spring Training Tracker is being updated as each move is announced.
UPDATE 8:08 AM: Anderson Hernandez and Tony Sanchez have been reassigned to minor league camp, putting the total cuts at ten....
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