Pirates Call Up Tony Sanchez, Demote Brandon Cumpton
Jun21

Pirates Call Up Tony Sanchez, Demote Brandon Cumpton

Catcher Tony Sanchez has been activated by the Pittsburgh Pirates, as first reported by Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan. Sanchez had previously traveled to New York in May on the Pirates’ taxi squad in case Russell Martin needed to go on the disabled list, but he never officially joined the roster. This season, Sanchez is hitting .306 with a .956 OPS for Triple-A Indianapolis, with Sanchez’s OPS good for 5th overall in the...

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Alex Presley Optioned to Triple-A, Duke Welker Recalled
Jun20

Alex Presley Optioned to Triple-A, Duke Welker Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Triple-A and have recalled right-handed reliever Duke Welker, according to Travis Sawchik. Pirates have optioned Alex Presley, calling up Duke Welker — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) June 20, 2013 The move was probably made to give the bullpen an extra arm after last night’s extra innings game, and with rookie Brandon Cumpton on the mound today. Welker was...

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Mike Zagurski Elects Free Agency
Jun19

Mike Zagurski Elects Free Agency

The Pittsburgh Pirates designated Mike Zagurski for assignment last week to make room on the roster for Brandon Cumpton. Today the lefty cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Pirates fans probably won’t want to see Zagurski around after his struggles in the majors, but the Indianapolis pitching staff has been very depleted with all of the call-ups and injuries. At the...

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Minor Moves: Jerry Sands to the DL; Allie, Castro, Heredia Official
Jun19

Minor Moves: Jerry Sands to the DL; Allie, Castro, Heredia Official

Here are the minor league moves from this afternoon. **Jerry Sands has been placed on the Indianapolis DL, and the move has been backdated to June 17th. No word on the injury, although the minors only have a seven day DL, so the fact that this is backdated indicates that he won’t be out long. According to the comments below, he had a hamstring issue. **Oscar Tejeda has been promoted from Altoona to take his place on the roster....

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Pirates Officially Sign Reese McGuire
Jun18

Pirates Officially Sign Reese McGuire

Yesterday we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be signing first round pick Reese McGuire today. Today the Pirates made the move official. No word yet on the bonus, although McGuire was expected to sign for close to slot. The catcher will head to the Gulf Coast League, which begins on Friday. After the draft, Jessica Quiroli reported that McGuire had made the decision to go pro. He couldn’t sign until after his high school...

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Pirates Sign Jose Contreras to a Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates released Jose Contreras last week, but have signed him back to a minor league deal, according to an Indianapolis Indians press release. Contreras was given his outright release to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. After the release, Neal Huntington noted that he might have needed more time in Triple-A to rehab his arm after an elbow injury last year. Contreras will serve as bullpen depth out of Triple-A,...

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