UPDATE 9:11 AM: The Pirates have officially announced the move. Another move will be announced later this afternoon.
1:55 AM: The Pittsburgh Pirates have released left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard, according to Dejan Kovacevic. Kovacevic mentioned that the report was unconfirmed, although Michael Sanserino of the Post-Gazette confirmed the report through a source.
Bedard had a 5.01 ERA in 125.2 innings this year, with an 8.5 K/9 and a 4.0 BB/9 ratio. He got off to a great start, with a 2.57 ERA in 35 innings over his first seven starts. The lefty was hit in the hip with a line drive during that seventh start, and left after one inning. From that point forward he struggled, with a 5.96 ERA in 90.2 innings. Only six of his 17 starts in that stretch went for quality starts.
Kovacevic speculated that the team could be looking to get Kevin Correia back in to the rotation with this move....
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