• Pirates Release Justin Bencsko

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have released outfielder Justin Bencsko.  Bencsko was a 20th round pick last year, taken as a college senior.  The outfielder was a one tool talent, with speed being that tool.  He was one of the fastest players in the system, but struggled at the plate this year in State...

  • Wes Freeman Promoted to West Virginia

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted outfielder Wes Freeman from State College to West Virginia.  Freeman, one of two Spikes to play in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, improved his average from .169 on July 17 to .304 at the conclusion of tonight's game. The outfielder is also leading the Spikes with...

  • Pirates Recall Alex Presley, Chase d’Arnaud

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated outfielder Alex Presley and infielder Chase d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list, and have recalled each player from AAA Indianapolis.  To make room on the 25-man roster, the Pirates have optioned Pedro Ciriaco and Aaron Thompson to AAA. The move is expected, as we heard last night...

  • Pirates Sign Mike Loree to Minor League Deal

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed pitcher Mike Loree to a minor league deal, and have added him to the Altoona Curve roster.  Loree, a 24 year old right handed pitcher, is 6' 6", 226 pouns, and last played in the minors in 2009 with the San Francisco Giants, with a...

  • Ludwick to the DL, Thompson Called Up

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Ryan Ludwick on the 15-day disabled list today with mid-back muscle spasms.  The move is retroactive August 23rd.  As a corresponding move, they have also purchased the contract of left hander Aaron Thompson, who will make the start in today's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. I...

  • Transactions: Ciriaco, Pearce, Thompson, Figueroa

    A few transactions to catch up on from today: -The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled infielder Pedro Ciriaco and have placed Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list. -No move yet, but Aaron Thompson is in Pittsburgh, and is expected to be added to the team, possibly by tomorrow to make a spot...

  • Ross Ohlendorf Recalled, Joe Beimel DFAd

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf, and have designated left handed reliever Joe Beimel for assignment, per a team press release.  The Ohlendorf recall was expected, as he is scheduled to start tonight for the Pirates.  The Beimel move isn't a big surprise, as he's struggled with the...

  • Kevin Correia to the DL, Chris Leroux Recalled

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right handed pitcher Kevin Correia on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.  The move is retroactive to August 20th.  As a corresponding move, they have activated recalled right handed pitcher Chris Leroux from his rehab assignment in Indianapolis.  Leroux is at PNC Park and...

  • Pirates Sign Aaron Heilman to Minor League Deal

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed pitcher Aaron Heilman to a minor league deal, according to Jenifer Langosch.  Heilman has a career 4.40 ERA in the majors, including a 6.88 ERA in 35.1 innings this year.  He will report to AAA, likely to provide depth for the Indians.  Indianapolis just saw...

  • Pirates Recall Tony Watson

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled left handed pitcher Tony Watson, which is their corresponding move to placing Paul Maholm on the 15-day disabled list yesterday.  Watson was optioned to AAA on August 6th, but prior to that had a 2.73 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 26.1 innings in the majors.... This...

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