John Bowker Traded to Phillies

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded John Bowker to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.  No word on the return, or if there is a return at all.  The Phillies are expected to add Bowker to the 25-man roster.  Since he was not on the 40-man roster, he didn’t have to go through waivers to be traded. He was originally acquired in 2010 along with Joe Martinez in exchange for Javier Lopez.  After hitting...

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Pirates Release Justin Bencsko

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released outfielder Justin Bencsko.  Bencsko was a 20th round pick last year, taken as a college senior.  The outfielder was a one tool talent, with speed being that tool.  He was one of the fastest players in the system, but struggled at the plate this year in State College and West Virginia.

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Wes Freeman Promoted to West Virginia

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted outfielder Wes Freeman from State College to West Virginia.  Freeman, one of two Spikes to play in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, improved his average from .169 on July 17 to .304 at the conclusion of tonight’s game. The outfielder is also leading the Spikes with six home runs and 25 runs batted in. Freeman has a .304/.338/.492 line in 191 at-bats this year in State College.  He...

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Pirates Recall Alex Presley, Chase d’Arnaud

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated outfielder Alex Presley and infielder Chase d’Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list, and have recalled each player from AAA Indianapolis.  To make room on the 25-man roster, the Pirates have optioned Pedro Ciriaco and Aaron Thompson to AAA. The move is expected, as we heard last night that Presley and d’Arnaud had been removed from the lineup, and signs pointed to them being recalled...

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Pirates Sign Mike Loree to Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed pitcher Mike Loree to a minor league deal, and have added him to the Altoona Curve roster.  Loree, a 24 year old right handed pitcher, is 6′ 6″, 226 pouns, and last played in the minors in 2009 with the San Francisco Giants, with a 4.67 ERA in 123.1 innings in low-A, along with a 70:26 K/BB ratio. He played this year for the Long Island Ducks, where he had a 1.79 ERA in 110.2...

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Ludwick to the DL, Thompson Called Up

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Ryan Ludwick on the 15-day disabled list today with mid-back muscle spasms.  The move is retroactive August 23rd.  As a corresponding move, they have also purchased the contract of left hander Aaron Thompson, who will make the start in today’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. I profiled Thompson earlier today.  Odds are that he will be up for one start, and will be sent down after...

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