The Pittsburgh Pirates made two roster moves today, reinstating relief pitcher Juan Cruz, and placing Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list.
Cruz was on the restricted list, dealing with some personal business in the Dominican Republic. He was expected to return for the weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Morton has struggled recently, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to May 30th. Morton will be in rest mode until the inflammation resolves, then will start a throwing program and bullpen work. The next steps will be determined after Morton starts his throwing program.
With Morton out, and Cruz back, the Pirates have eight relievers and four starters. They could go with Brad Lincoln as a starting option....
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