Minor Moves: Jake Burnette Added to West Virginia, Clay Holmes to the DL

The West Virginia Power have added Jake Burnette to their roster, and will have the right-hander starting tonight. Clay Holmes has been added to the disabled list, retroactive May 9th. No word on the injury to Holmes, although hopefully it explains his 6.10 ERA and 17:25 K/BB ratio in 31 innings this year. UPDATE: It’s a right ankle injury for Holmes, which doesn’t sound like it has anything to do with his pitching....

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Pirates Reinstate Walker, Option Jordy Mercer

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated Neil Walker from the 15-day disabled list, and have optioned Jordy Mercer to Triple-A. We all saw this move coming, and I made my thoughts known on the subject last night. And the night before. And in the podcast. And last week. John McDonald remains on the Pirates...

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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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