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The Big Issue With Holding Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker Off the Disabled List

The Big Issue With Holding Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker Off the Disabled List

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing with a short bench for the last week, thanks to injuries to their MVP, Andrew McCutchen, and their starting second baseman, Neil Walker. The injuries remove two of their most productive hitters, and as a result, the Pirates have waited to put both players on the disabled list, in hopes that they can come back earlier than 15 days.

The Pirates added one more player to their bench over the weekend by shortening up their bullpen. They activated Pedro Alvarez from the bereavement list, and designated Ernesto Frieri for assignment. The pair of moves leaves them one player short on the bench, and one player short in the bullpen. Yesterday, Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington said that they hope they can continue to avoid a roster move with good pitching from the rotation.

"Hopefully our starters continue to give us seven solid innings and that allows us to carry one less reliever than most people in baseball carry," Huntington said. "There ...

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