Minor Moves: Waldron, Townsend to the DL

The Altoona Curve have placed two pitchers on the disabled list in the last two days. Here are some other minor moves around the system. **Tyler Waldron was placed on the disabled list yesterday, retroactive April 21st, with a right shoulder injury. Waldron had a 5.40 ERA in 15 innings over three starts. His strikeouts were down early in the season about 2 K/9. **Jason Townsend has been placed on the disabled list with a right hand...

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Brandon Inge Activated and Starting at Third Tonight

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated third baseman Brandon Inge, and have him in tonight’s lineup at third base. Inge was recently on a rehab assignment in Indianapolis, batting for a .150/.320/.283 line in 60 at-bats. The Pirates are going up against left-hander Cole Hamels tonight. Inge has done well in his career against left-handers, while Pedro Alvarez has not. It’s probably too early to say that the Pirates are...

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Pirates Release Alex Valdez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released infielder Alex Valdez, Pirates Prospects has learned. Valdez was signed over the off-season as a minor league free agent after spending a year in the Mexican league. He played a lot of shortstop in Spring Training, playing for the Triple-A squad. Valdez showed off a great glove, but didn’t hit a lot, and the roster was eventually filled with guys who didn’t make the major league roster....

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Barrett Barnes Promoted to West Virginia

The Pirates have promoted Barrett Barnes to West Virginia. Barnes was previously in extended Spring Training getting extra at-bats and recovering from an oblique injury that he had at the end of Spring Training. The at-bats were meant to make up for the lost time from the end of camp, and get him ready for the season. Barnes will make West Virginia an even more interesting offense to follow. Currently the best lineup looks like: C...

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Chris Leroux Clears Waivers, Elects Free Agency

Right-handed pitcher Chris Leroux has cleared outright waivers and has elected free agency, per the Pirates. Leroux was designated for assignment last week when the club brought up Bryan Morris to take his spot in the bullpen. He was out of options, so the only choice was placing him on outright waivers. Since this was the second time Leroux had cleared outright waivers, he had the option of refusing a minor league assignment and...

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Pirates Option Bryan Morris to Triple-A, Call Up Vin Mazzaro

The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A Indianapolis and have optioned Bryan Morris to Triple-A. Morris threw three shutout innings last night in his 2013 debut in the majors. However, the bullpen has been overworked, and the Pirates need relievers. So far this season, Mazzaro has thrown seven shutout innings in relief for Indianapolis, with a 9:1 K/BB ratio. His last appearance came on Friday...

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