Karstens Activated for Start; Morris Optioned to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated right-hander Jeff Karstens from the disabled list and optioned reliever Bryan Morris to Triple-A Indianapolis. Karstens will make his first start for Pittsburgh tonight since April 17 when he exited after just one inning. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list the next day with right shoulder inflammation. He had his rehab pushed back due a groin injury as well. Morris was recalled on Sunday for an...

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Bryan Morris Promoted; Drew Sutton Claimed off Waivers

PITTSBURGH, PA — The Pirates announced several roster moves prior to the club’s game today. Right-handed reliever Bryan Morris was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and infielder Drew Sutton was claimed from Tampa Bay. In order to make room on the 25-man roster for Morris, infielder Jordy Mercer was optioned to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster for Sutton, pitcher Charlie Morton (Tommy John Surgery)...

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Pirates Release Three Minor Leaguers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released three minor league players, according to Baseball America’s latest transactions update. The three players were right-hander Eliecer Cardenas, infielder Greg Picart, and outfielder Anthony Norman. The most notable was Cardenas. He was acquired as the player to be named later in the Matt Diaz trade last year. He put up strong numbers last year in high-A, but dealt with an elbow issue this...

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Daniel McCutchen Activated, Optioned to AAA

Right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, per a team press release. The right-hander has been pitching out of Indianapolis on a rehab assignment. He suffered an oblique injury while taking batting practice back in May.

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Matt Benedict Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Matt Benedict to Bradenton. The right-hander put up a 3.42 ERA in 76.1 innings in the West Virginia rotation this year, and should take the rotation spot vacated by Gerrit Cole in high-A. Benedict was drafted in the 30th round of the 2011 draft out of Western Carolina University. He’s a sinker ball pitcher who gets good results with the pitch, leading to a 1.67 GO/AO...

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Wes Freeman Retires

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Wes Freeman has announced his retirement, per a West Virginia press release. Freeman started the year in Bradenton, but was demoted to West Virginia after putting up a .147/.201/.227 line in 150 at-bats in high-A. Freeman was taken in the 16th round of the 2008 draft, and was given a $150 K bonus to break his commitment to the University of Florida. He had raw power, but lacked strike zone...

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