Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/23/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Durham.  Brian Burres got the start, allowing four runs on five hits in 5.2 innings, with no walks and six strikeouts.  Brian Bass got the loss, allowing three runs on one hit, with two walks, getting just one out.  Wilfredo Ledezma allowed all three of those runs to score, getting the final two outs in the inning, but allowing a walk and a hit.  Anthony Claggett...

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Zach Duke to the 15-day DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Zach Duke on the 15-day disabled list, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Duke missed his scheduled start yesterday, and apparently wasn’t on track to make the re-scheduled start on Saturday.  Duke will miss two starts with what the Pirates are describing as a strained flexor pronator in his left elbow. There is no word on a replacement for Duke in the rotation, and Kovacevic mentioned...

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Pirates release Jimmy Barthmaier

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right handed pitcher Jimmy Barthmaier, according to Rob Biertempfel.  Barthmaier had been pitching in AA this season, returning from Tommy John surgery. In his career at AAA prior to the injury, Barthmaier had put up a 3.53 ERA in 79 innings over 17 starts, with an 8.1 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9 ratio.  In his time with AA this year, Barthmaier really struggled.  He pitched just three...

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Injury Updates: Duke, Holt, Yates, Cotts, Hansen, Ascanio, Strickland

A few injury updates from today… -Zach Duke could go on the 15-day disabled list, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Duke missed his start today, and could miss his next start on Saturday.  Charlie Morton, Dana Eveland, Brian Burres, or Daniel McCutchen could all be candidates to make the start if Duke can’t go. -Brock Holt, Tyler Yates, and Neal Cotts are all out for the season.  It was originally believed that...

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Akinori Iwamura Optioned to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t find anyone to take Akinori Iwamura off their hands, which is interesting considering the Pirates were most likely looking at picking up the bulk of Iwamura’s salary, and have optioned Iwamura to AAA.  Iwamura will now have the choice of accepting the option and going to Indianapolis, or declining the option and becoming a free agent.  If Iwamura declines the option, he forfeits...

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