Tony Sanchez Sent Back to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t end up needing Tony Sanchez. The catcher was brought up on the taxi squad yesterday, which gave the Pirates until 10:10 AM this morning to make a decision on him. Sanchez was added mostly as an option in case the Pirates had to play a double header today. Russell Martin wouldn’t have been able to go, and Michael McKenry wouldn’t have been able to catch both games in that situation....

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Pirates Activate Francisco Liriano, Option Duke Welker

As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates have activated left-hander Francisco Liriano from the 15-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster, they have optioned Duke Welker to Triple-A. Welker was recalled earlier this week to add some bullpen depth after Jeanmar Gomez joined the rotation, but didn’t make an appearance. Liriano will be starting this afternoon for the...

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Minor Moves: Jason Townsend Activated From DL, Cesar Lopez to Bradenton

Here are the latest minor league transactions. **Altoona has placed Jeff Inman and Justin Howard on the disabled list. Jason Townsend has been activated from the disabled list and Zach Thornton has been promoted from Bradenton. **Bradenton added Cesar Lopez from extended Spring Training to replace Thornton. They also recently added Jhondaniel Medina to replace Quinton Miller, who was promoted to Altoona...

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Pirates Release Jonathan Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released pitcher Jonathan Sanchez after he cleared waivers. In four starts and one relief appearance for Pittsburgh this season, he went 0-3, 11.85, giving up 25 hits and eight walks in just 13.2 innings. The Pirates designated him for assignment on April 30th. The Pirates will be responsible for the remainder of his $1.375M contract if no other team signs him this season. If he does get signed, he will...

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Minor Moves: Tim Alderson to Indianapolis, Quinton Miller to Altoona

The Pirates have made the following minor league pitching moves, most likely as a chain reaction to the Duke Welker promotion. **Tim Alderson has been promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis. Alderson has been with Indianapolis once already this year, and gave up one run in 3.2 innings of work. In his time with Altoona he had a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings, with a 17:2 K/BB ratio. **Quinton Miller has been promoted from Bradenton to...

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Duke Welker Officially Recalled, Josh Harrison Optioned

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially recalled right-handed pitcher Duke Welker. To make room they’ve optioned Josh Harrison to Triple-A. This is Getting Old first reported yesterday that Duke Welker was on his way to Pittsburgh. Welker has been on the 40-man roster for the last year, and is a legit bullpen prospect. He’s a bit older than most prospects, currently 27 years old, but has the stuff to be a potential late inning...

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