The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Michael Morse for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for pitcher A.J. Schugel. With Juan Nicasio lasting three innings yesterday and Francisco Liriano day-to-day with a hamstring injury, Schugel has been added to provide them with extra bullpen depth.
Morse started once in the first eight games of the season. He pinch-hit in five other games and went 0-for-8 at the plate. The move to add Schugel is likely a short-term move and the Pirates have Jason Rogers at Indianapolis, who can fill the same role that Morse was filling. Schugel has pitched once with Indianapolis, throwing a scoreless inning on Sunday. He needed just 12 pitches in that game, so he should be available for multiple innings tonight if Ryan Vogelsong runs into any trouble....
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