Minor Move: Pirates Sign Minor League FA Doug Salinas

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Doug Salinas to a minor league deal, per Baseball America’s weekly transaction report. Salinas was released by the Texas Rangers after signing with them over the off-season, but failing to make any of their affiliates. He will likely serve as organizational depth in the lower levels for the Pirates. For more information, check out his player...

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Kris Watts Traded to Washington

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded catcher Kris Watts to the Washington Nationals for cash considerations on Thursday. Watts, 27, appeared in nine games for Triple-A Indianapolis this season where he hit for a .250/.357/.292 line over 24 at-bats. He was drafted by the Pirates in 2006 and split the 2011 season at Double-A Altoona and Indy. After promoting catching prospect Tony Sanchez to Triple-A last week, the Indians had a log jam behind...

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Alex Presley Recalled; Gorkys Hernandez Optioned to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled outfielder Alex Presley from Triple-A Indianapolis. Presley will bat lead off for the Bucs tonight in the first game of a three game series against the Reds in Cincinnati. After being demoted to Triple-A on May 16, Presley hit for a .277/.385/.631 line over 65 at-bats. The outfielder connected for five home runs over 18 games, four of them came over his last 10. The 26-year-old went 0-for-3 with a walk...

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Zack Von Rosenberg Joins West Virginia

Pittsburgh Pirates 2009 sixth round pick Zack Von Rosenberg has been added to the West Virginia roster today. Von Rosenberg had been in extended Spring Training working on his fastball command, with a specific focus of keeping the ball down. The right-hander was hit hard last season in West Virginia, with a 5.73 ERA in 125.2 innings, along with a 1.4 HR/9 ratio. He had better numbers in the second half of the season, although that was...

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Matt Curry Placed on the DL with Hamstring Injury

Matt Curry has been placed on the Altoona disabled list with a right hamstring injury, per an Altoona press release. The move is retroactive to May 31st. Altoona also officially announced the Tony Sanchez promotion, and added catcher Miguel Perez and infielder Greg Picart to the roster.

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Pirates Promote Tony Sanchez to Indianapolis

According to Cory Giger, the Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted catcher Tony Sanchez to Triple-A, following a 1-for-4 performance tonight for Altoona. Sanchez had a .277/.373/.387 line coming in to today’s game, and hit his 14th double of the year with his only hit. The catcher struggled in April, hitting for a .259 average and a .718 OPS. He rebounded a bit in May, with a .289 average and a .795 OPS, mostly fueled by a strong run...

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