The Pittsburgh Pirates made three more cuts on Tuesday in addition to the Josh Lindblom move earlier. They optioned pitcher Steven Brault and shortstop Gift Ngoepe to Indianapolis, while reassigning first baseman Jason Rogers to minor league camp. These moves now leave 33 players on the active Spring Training roster, with six days until Opening Day in Boston. The Brault demotion means that the final rotation spot is now down to Tyler Glasnow, Drew Hutchison and Trevor Williams.
Brault is the first to lose out on the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation. He made two starts and four relief appearances this spring, posting a 3.45 ERA in 15.2 innings, giving up 16 hits, five walks and picking up eight strikeouts. He made seven starts and a relief appearance for the Pirates last year, p...
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