Phil Irwin was a 21st round pick in 2009, and didn't require a huge bonus to sign. Photo by: David Hague

Pirates Make Phil Irwin Roster Move Official

Yesterday we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates planned to send pitcher Phil Irwin back to Indianapolis. Today they made that move official, optioning him back to AAA.

They also announced that they will make a corresponding roster move tomorrow. The Pirates have off today, so they don’t have to make a decision on another move until Friday.

Late last night, we posted the possibilities of who they might recall.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Monsoon Harvard

    I guess Dickerson makes the most sense, but he sure isn’t going to make or break the Pirates. We know is history, he can be decent bat & glove off the bench. Maybe a little better than Felix Pie was last year.
    Dickerson is at least more talented than Pie.

    Why not throw all caution to the wind and bring up a guy like Mel Rojas Jr. at least until Lambo is off the dl. Sometimes you give a kid a break and he’ll reward you. It would light a fire in him to want to get back to the show once he is sent back down, and could do wonders for him down the road.

  • https://profiles.google.com/117072260031604417798 PikeBishop65

    Well, you know realistically Pie only had about a 3.1415 chance of making the club anyway.

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