This morning the Pittsburgh Pirates cut six players from Major League camp, including three starting pitchers. Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler, and Joely Rodriguez were all sent to the minors, which isn't unexpected, as none of the three were projected to begin the season in Pittsburgh.
"The starters that are in Major League camp, that we project to be starters in the minor leagues, they're the ones that go out the quickest, and it's out of their control because we have to get them stretched out, as well as get our own guys stretched out," Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington said.
Sending those guys down now is more about innings. Minor League games start this week, which will give those guys a chance to start games and build up their pitch counts, rather than working one inning in relief in MLB camp, with those relief innings becoming scarce as the Major League starters continue to get stretched out. Out of the three starters, Taillon and Sadler have the best chance of arrivi...
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