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Hughes Versatility Earns Him 26th Spot for Doubleheader

Hughes Versatility Earns Him 26th Spot for Doubleheader

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Right-hander Jared Hughes stay in Triple-A Indianapolis was shorter than originally expected. After being optioned on Saturday in order to activate starter A.J. Burnett from the disabled list, Hughes was demoted to the minors due the lack of room in the 'pen being told he'd back back in Pittsburgh soon.

On Wednesday the 6"7' reliever was all smiles back at his locker in the Pirates clubhouse.

According to the new baseball collective bargaining agreement, teams will be allowed to have 26 active players for day-night doubleheaders. The roster expands before the game, and goes back to 25 after the second game.

Hughes said he found out the news yesterday from Manager Dean Treanor after the club's game at home in Indianapolis. He took the red eye to Pittsburgh last night.

"I didn’t even know. I thought there was no way. I guess it’s a new rule. And hey, I’m happy for it," Hughes said. "I’m part of history, I guess. I’m just glad to be here."

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