Minor Moves: Allie Returns to West Virginia, Alderson Promoted

The West Virginia Power made several moves today, some of which were the usual paper moves. One of the moves wasn’t a typical paper move, as Stetson Allie was added to the active roster. Allie made one start with West Virginia, which went horribly. He was then removed from the roster after experiencing tightness in his elbow, due to pitching in the cold weather. He wasn’t injured, and immediately went on a throwing...

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Jeff Karstens to the DL, Brad Lincoln Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Jeff Karstens on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury and have recalled right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln. Karstens left his start last night after one inning with shoulder inflammation. Lincoln was set to make his next scheduled start in Indianapolis on Thursday. The next start for Karstens was set for Monday. Lincoln could be an option to make the start on Monday,...

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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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