Michael Crotta Reinstated from DL, Optioned to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated right handed pitcher Michael Crotta from the disabled list, and have optioned him to AAA Indianapolis.  Crotta was placed on the disabled list on May 11th with right elbow inflammation.  In his rehab work he was mostly sitting 93-95 MPH, and combined for four innings, allowing two runs between the AA and AAA levels.  To make room for Crotta in Indianapolis, Brad Lincoln was transferred to the AA...

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Alex Presley Officially Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially recalled outfielder Alex Presley from the Indianapolis Indians, per a team press release.  Earlier today we learned that Pedro Ciriaco had been optioned to Indianapolis to clear a spot on the roster for Presley. Presley is hitting for a .336/.389/.500 line in 292 at-bats with Indianapolis this year, giving him a career .316/.370/.480 line in 564 at-bats at the AAA level, along with 14 home runs...

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Minor League Updates: Miller, Moreno, Rinku, Hart, Perez

Some roster updates in the minor league system: -Diego Moreno has been placed on the disabled list in Altoona with right shoulder soreness.  The move is as of 6/23.  Moreno had a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings with Altoona, along with a 14:3 K/BB ratio. -Quinton Miller was placed on the disabled list in Bradenton with an unknown injury on 6/24. -Rinku Singh was promoted from the GCL to State College today.  Jordan Cooper was moved to the GCL...

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Roster Updates: Ciriaco, Presley, Tabata

A few roster updates this morning… -Pedro Ciriaco has been optioned to AAA Indianapolis.  The Pirates are expected to call up Alex Presley tomorrow.  Ciriaco had just six at-bats this year, with no hits.  He was in the majors for a combined 37 days this year.  The 40-man roster page has been updated with the moves. -Jose Tabata has been diagnosed with a left quad strain.  His status is uncertain at this time, and he hasn’t...

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Pirates Call Up Eric Fryer, DFA Dusty Brown

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up catcher Eric Fryer from the Indianapolis Indians, and have designated Dusty Brown for assignment.  Fryer was originally acquired by the Pirates in June 2009, in exchange for Eric Hinske.  The Pirates paid the remainder of Hinske’s 2009 salary to get Fryer and Casey Erickson, who was released prior to the season. Last month, I broke down how Fryer has been blocked at every level by top...

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Transactions Recap: Thompson, Rodriguez, Cooper, Jackson

Catching up on the daily roster moves, since I was on the road all day, and haven’t figured out a way to clone myself yet: -To make room for Chase d’Arnaud on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated left handed pitcher Aaron Thompson for assignment.  Thompson was acquired off of waivers in December from the Washington Nationals.  The former first round pick got off to a good start in Altoona, before struggling and...

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