James McDonald Elects Free Agency
Sep14

James McDonald Elects Free Agency

According to the MLB.com transactions page (h/t to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish), James McDonald has elected free agency after being outrighted to Indianapolis. The Pirates designated him for assignment last week, and he cleared waivers in the process. He’s now eligible to sign with any team for the remainder of the season. It was about 14 months ago that McDonald started his downward trend that led to this move. He had a...

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Pirates DFA James McDonald, Recall Cumpton
Sep07

Pirates DFA James McDonald, Recall Cumpton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated James McDonald from the 60 day disabled list and designated him for assignment today. They have also recalled Brandon Cumpton from Indianapolis. James McDonald hasn’t pitched in the majors since May, going on the DL with inflammation and tendonitis in his right rotator cuff. He has made 11 rehab appearances in the minors since then, spread over two different stints. McDonald has not pitched...

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Pirates Recall Locke, Hughes, Lambo, Sanchez; Activate Grilli
Sep03

Pirates Recall Locke, Hughes, Lambo, Sanchez; Activate Grilli

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the expected moves to recall Jeff Locke, Jared Hughes, Andrew Lambo, and Tony Sanchez from Altoona today. They also activated Jason Grilli from the disabled list, which was a bit unexpected since there was talk that he could make one more rehab appearance. All five players will be active for tonight’s game. The Pirates optioned Locke, Hughes, Lambo, and Sanchez to Altoona instead of Indianapolis so...

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Alex Dickerson Promoted to Indianapolis
Sep02

Alex Dickerson Promoted to Indianapolis

Alex Dickerson has been promoted to Indianapolis for the Triple-A playoffs.

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Pirates Call Up Kris Johnson, Kyle Farnsworth, and Travis Snider
Sep01

Pirates Call Up Kris Johnson, Kyle Farnsworth, and Travis Snider

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up three players today with rosters expanding beyond 25-men. Kris Johnson has been recalled from Indianapolis, and will make the start in today’s game against the Cardinals. Travis Snider was activated from his rehab assignment. The Pirates also purchased the contract of relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth. The Pirates had an open spot on the 40-man roster, so they don’t need to make a...

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Duke Welker is Reportedly the PTBNL in the Justin Morneau Trade
Aug31

Duke Welker is Reportedly the PTBNL in the Justin Morneau Trade

Tom Singer reports that MLB.com sources say Duke Welker is the player to be named later in the Justin Morneau trade. The Pirates sent Alex Presley and a PTBNL to acquire Morneau earlier today. After the trade, Neal Huntington said that the PTBNL would be a “legitimate piece”. Welker is certainly a legitimate piece, as he throws upper 90s with a good breaking ball. However, if your view on relievers is that they’re...

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