• Pirates Sign Pitcher Kenn Kasparek to Minor League Deal

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league pitcher Kenn Kasparek out of the Independent leagues, and have assigned him to the Bradenton Marauders. The addition comes after a series of moves today that sent Porfirio Lopez from West Virginia to Bradenton and Jhonathan Ramos from Bradenton to Altoona. Kasparek was originally drafted...

  • Pirates Sign Minor Leaguer Nathan Kilcrease

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Nathan Kilcrease as a minor league free agent, and assigned him to West Virginia today. The right-hander was selected in the 30th round of the 2011 draft by the Oakland Athletics, and was released after putting up a 1.46 ERA in 12.1 innings this year...

  • Jordy Mercer Recalled from Triple-A; Navarro Optioned

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted infielder Jordy Mercer to the Majors on Tuesday. In order to make room for Mercer on the 25-man roster, infielder Yamaico Navarro was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Mercer, 25, hit .358 avg with six doubles, a homer and nine RBI in the month of May...

  • Pirates Add Doug Slaten to 40-Man; Cruz to Restricted List

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed reliever Juan Cruz to the restricted list so that he can return home to the Dominican Republic and attend to some personal business. As a corresponding move, they selected Doug Slaten from Indianapolis, purchasing his contract and adding him to the 25 and 40-man roster. The...

  • Matt Hague Recalled; Nate McLouth DFA’d

    Hague spent the Majority of his playing time at third base to become more versatile for the Pirates. PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled infielder Matt Hague from Triple-A Indianapolis and have designated outfielder Nate McLouth for assignment. Hague, 26, broke camp with the Pirates after a huge spring in which...

  • Duke Welker Promoted to Indianapolis

    According to Cory Giger, Duke Welker has been promoted to Indianapolis. The right-hander threw a perfect inning in relief today, striking out one. On the season with Altoona, Welker had a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings, with a 19:7 K/BB ratio. The walks were a very positive sign, as it was only...

  • Pirates Promote Jeff Inman to Altoona

    Jeff Inman has been promoted to Altoona. The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-hander Jeff Inman to Altoona, per an Altoona press release. Inman was drafted in the 12th round of the 2009 draft and signed to an over-slot $450 K bonus. He came in to the year as one of the top...

  • Pirates Activate Grilli, Locke Back to AAA Rotation

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-hander Jason Grilli from the Bereavement list today, and optioned left-hander Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis. Grilli will be active for today's game from the bullpen against the New York Mets. Grilli has posted a 2.25 ERA over 17 appearances (16.0 innings) with...

  • Sutton Traded to Tampa Bay

    The Pittsburgh Pirates today traded infielder Drew Sutton to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Sutton was acquired on Sunday from the Atlanta Brave for cash considerations. The 28-year-old was originally expected to report to Triple-A Indianapolis today. Sutton will report straight to the Tampa...

  • Pirates Acquire Drew Sutton from Atlanta

    The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired infielder Drew Sutton from the Atlanta Braves organization on Sunday in exchange for cash considerations. Sutton will be assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Sutton, 28, played in 38 games for Triple-A Gwinnett where he hit .270 with 19 runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 15 RBI. The infielder has spent...

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