The Pittsburgh Pirates have granted Brad Hawpe his unconditional release today, cutting camp down to 36 active players. Hawpe didn't really have a shot at making the team, and it seems that he didn't want to go to Triple-A. He wouldn't have had much of an opportunity there, since the Triple-A outfield is starting to look crowded.
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