Presley Optioned to Triple-A; Meek Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Triple-A Indianapolis prior to the game on Wednesday and recalled righty reliever Evan Meek. Presley, 26, posted a .220/.246/.551 line over 118 at-bats (34 games) with Pittsburgh this season. The outfielder broke camp with the big league club for the first time in his professional career. After starting the season off hot — .309 average over his first 19 games, Presley...

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McCutchen Placed on DL; Hanrahan Activated From Bereavement List

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-hander Daniel McCutchen on the disabled list prior to the game on Sunday. As a corresponding move, they added closer Joel Hanrahan back on the club’s active roster. Hanrahan was placed on the Bereavement List on Thursday due to the passing of his Grandmother. The righty closer is available from the bullpen for today’s game against Houston. McCutchen was placed on...

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Pirates Acquire Jeff Larish

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired first base/third baseman Jeff Larish for cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox. Larish will be assigned to Indianapolis. Larish, 29, has a career .224/.308/.380 line in 245 at-bats in the majors, with eight homers. He was rumored to be involved in a potential Jack Wilson trade with Detroit a few years ago (not the Jair Jurrjens rumor, but the following year), prior to the talks breaking down....

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Hanrahan Placed on Bereavement List; McCutchen Recalled

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Right-hander Joel Hanrahan was been placed on the Bereavement List on Thursday afternoon. The closer picked up his sixth save on the season on Wednesday night at PNC Park with a heavy heart due to the passing of his Grandmother. After whiffing Ryan Zimmerman to end the game, Hanrahan pointed to the sky in her memory. Hanrahan is expected to return to the club on Sunday. The Pirates recalled righty Daniel...

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Phil Irwin Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted pitchers Phil Irwin and Josh Poytress from Bradenton to Altoona. Irwin’s promotion is expected. He returned to Bradenton over the weekend after missing the early part of the season with an injury. He pitched half the season in Altoona last year and was always ticketed to return to the level. Poytress has pitched well this year. He started the season in West Virginia, then quickly moved up to...

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2009 Seventh Round Pick Trent Stevenson Retires

Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Trent Stevenson has retired, and has been placed on the “Voluntary Retirement” list by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stevenson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 draft, and was given a $350,000 bonus to break his commitment to the University of Arizona. Stevenson had struggled the last two years in pro ball. Last year he started out in West Virginia, and posted a 6.93 ERA in 49.1...

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