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Minor Moves: Holmes Off DL, d’Arnaud Starts Rehab

Minor Moves: Holmes Off DL, d’Arnaud Starts Rehab

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a handful of minor league moves today involving West Virginia and Bradenton.

d'Arnaud makes his season debut today

Clay Holmes was activated off the disabled list and will start tonight. He had a minor ankle injury. He last pitched eight days ago.

To make room for Holmes, West Virginia assigned reliever Josh Smith to the Jamestown roster.

Chase d'Arnaud will make his 2013 debut today for Bradenton. He is on a rehab assignment, as he works he way back from a Spring Training thumb injury that required surgery. He had a minor setback a few days ago when he was hit on the wrist by a pitch while playing in Extended Spring Training.

Pitcher Cesar Lopez has been sent back to Extended Spring Training. The high bonus pitcher from Cuba made two appearances out of the bullpen and got hammered in three total innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks. He spent most of last year in the Gulf Coast League, so this was a big jump for him a...

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