Mazzaro Accepts Assignment to Indianapolis, Welker Has Tommy John Surgery

Yesterday it was reported that Vin Mazzaro had been outrighted to Indianapolis, and that Duke Welker appeared to have Tommy John surgery. The Pirates just issued a press release saying that Mazzaro has accepted his assignment to Indianapolis, while confirming the surgery for Welker.

This is the third time that Mazzaro has been outrighted to Triple-A, and the second time this year. He could have declined the assignment to become a free agent. However, he would have given up the remainder of his $950,000 salary. Considering no team claimed him off waivers for that same salary, it seems unlikely that he’d get the same deal as a free agent.

We knew that Welker was having surgery, but the assumption was that it was Tommy John. That was cleared up with this release. The Pirates gave the 12-18 month recovery timeline. Usually players are back closer to 12 months, which puts Welker out until the middle of next season.

Since Welker was in the minors, he doesn’t have to be added to the 60-day DL unless the Pirates need a 40-man spot. Considering they have a few spots open, it’s unlikely that Welker will be called up and placed on the 60-day DL.

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  • Thom

    Good news on Mazzaro. He’s proven to be a useful middle reliever who can go multiple innings. Never special, but great to have as AAA depth, especially with the loss of Bryan Morris and Duke Welker.

  • BallHeadWonder

    I love Vinny!!! He was HUGE for us last season and he is holding on this season!!! His value will come later this season!!

  • Dom DiDominic

    Paying Vin $950,000 has really paid off by keeping him around this year.

  • chenzt

    How come when Wandy was DFA’d, we were still on the hook for his 7.5 million regardless whether he accepts the assignment or not?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com/ Tim Williams

      He has more than five years of service time.