Minor Moves: Brent Morel to Disabled List, Rojas Move Official
May31

Minor Moves: Brent Morel to Disabled List, Rojas Move Official

The Indianapolis Indians have placed third baseman Brent Morel on the disabled list today with plantar fasciitis. He has played 42 games for Indianapolis this year and struggled, hitting .222/.287/.340 in 153 at-bats. Morel got in one game for the Pittsburgh Pirates, striking out in his only at-bat. It was announced last night that Mel Rojas Jr. was being promoted to Indianapolis and that move was made official today. His place on the...

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Mel Rojas Promoted to Indianapolis
May30

Mel Rojas Promoted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted outfielder Mel Rojas to Indianapolis following tonight’s Altoona Curve game, Cory Giger reports. #AltoonaCurve's best player, OF Mel Rojas Jr., promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis after game. Makes sense with Lambo hurt, & Mel deserves it. — Cory Giger (@CoryGiger) May 31, 2014 Indianapolis is going to need outfield help. They just lost Chris Dickerson to the disabled list today. It...

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Wandy Rodriguez Placed on Unconditional Release Waivers
May30

Wandy Rodriguez Placed on Unconditional Release Waivers

Wandy Rodriguez has been placed on unconditional release waivers, the Pittsburgh Pirates have announced. This essentially cuts ties with Rodriguez, who will be released after he clears waivers. The Pirates designated Rodriguez for assignment last week, replacing him in the rotation with Brandon Cumpton. His numbers were poor, with a 6.75 ERA, and his velocity was down. He also struggled during two rehab starts in Altoona. The Pirates...

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Minor Moves: Ryan Beckman to Altoona, Brandon Mann Released
May30

Minor Moves: Ryan Beckman to Altoona, Brandon Mann Released

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a bunch of minor moves in the farm system, with the biggest one occurring today when they released pitcher Brandon Mann and assigned reliever Ryan Beckman to the Altoona Curve. Mann was a free agent signing over the off-season. He had pitched well, but he is already 30 years old and pitching in AA, so he was mostly just being used as an innings eater. In 14 appearances, he had a 2.91 ERA over 34...

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Pirates Release Eight Players From the DSL
May30

Pirates Release Eight Players From the DSL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released eight players from their Dominican Summer League team. The most surprising name among the group is first baseman Dennis Hurtarte, who was one of the best Pirates hitters during the second half last year in the DSL and the reports on his Spring Training this year were great. Hurtarte was already signed by the Baltimore Orioles, who plan to bring him to the US later this week. The other seven players...

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Phil Irwin Claimed Off Waivers By the Rangers
May28

Phil Irwin Claimed Off Waivers By the Rangers

The Texas Rangers have claimed right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin from the Pirates. Irwin was designated for assignment last week, making room for right-handed reliever Josh Wall. The move to DFA Irwin was a questionable one, and not an example of good roster management. About 30 minutes after announcing the move, the Pirates announced that they designated Wandy Rodriguez for assignment, creating an open spot on the 40-man roster....

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