Pirates Option Hague to Triple-A; Activate Morton

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned infielder Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis in order to make room on the 25-man roster for right-hander Charlie Morton. Morton, 28, will start for the Bucs against the San Francisco Giants tonight at 9:05 p.m. ET at AT&T Park. The right-hander will be making his 2012 debut after starting the season on the disabled list (off season left hip surgery). During Morton’s last rehab start with...

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Pirates Sign Rick VandenHurk

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed pitcher Rick VandenHurk, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America. VandenHurk recently elected free agency after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A from the Cleveland Indians. VandenHurk has 181 career innings pitched in the majors. In that time he’s posted a 5.97 ERA, an 8.8 K/9, a 4.7 BB/9, and a 1.6 HR/9 ratio. Most of his time has been spent as a starter. He’s...

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Pirates Trade Tallet

The Pittsburgh Pirates have dealt minor league pitcher Brian Tallet to the San Diego Padres for cash or a player to be named later. Tallet was signed by the Pirates as a minor league free agent on February 3, 2012. He went 0-2 9.45 in 19 games for the Toronto Blue Jays and St Louis Cardinals last year. Brian made one appearance for the Pirates during Spring Training, retiring the only batter he faced. Follow the Padres were the first...

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Pirates Finalize 25-Man With a Series of Moves

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several moves to finalize their 25-man roster today. The team placed right-handed reliever Chris Leroux on the 60-day disabled list with a strained right pectoral muscle. The move means that: -The Pirates will carry an extra bench spot, with Matt Hague, Yamaico Navarro, and Josh Harrison all making the team -Jared Hughes will take the final bullpen spot -With Leroux on the 60-day disabled list, a spot has...

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Pirates Option lefty reliever Moskos to Triple-A

Rosters don’t have to be set until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, but the Pirates trimmed down theirs to 27 on Tuesday after optioning left-handed reliever Daniel Moskos to Triple-A Indianapolis. Moskos, 24,allowed one earned run on six hits over 9.0 innings during Grapefruit League action this spring. He walked five and struck out nine over nine appearances. Moskos, the Pirates first round pick in the 1st round of the 2007 draft, made...

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Pirates Option Lincoln, McCutchen to Triple-A

Prior to the Pirates final spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin during Grapefruit League action in Florida, the club optioned right-handers Brad Lincoln and Daniel McCutchen to Triple-A Indianapolis. Lincoln, 26, made one start (four appearances) this spring. He allowed 10 runs on 12 hits over 8.0 innings with five walks, five strikeouts and three home runs allowed. After his final Grapefruit League...

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