Ciriaco optioned; Rodriguez, Bowker make team

The Pirates roster is starting to take shape, and very few question marks remain after a couple announcements following today’s win against the Rays. Pedro Ciriaco has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, meaning Rule 5 pickup Josh Rodriguez has earned a spot on the 25-man roster as a reserve infielder. Both players had pretty strong springs, making the choice a difficult one. Ciriaco hit .333/.326/.429 in 42 Grapefruit League...

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Pirates Cut Brown, Burres, Marte, and Wimberly

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made three cuts this morning, cutting Dusty Brown, Brian Burres, Andy Marte, and Corey Wimberly from major league camp, according to Colin Dunlap.  The Spring Training tracker has been updated, with 32 players remaining in camp. The cuts for Brown and Wimberly weren’t a surprise.  Brown was never a candidate to make the roster, as he will either serve as the backup in Indianapolis to Jason Jaramillo,...

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Pirates Cut Five, Including Josh Fields

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made four cuts today, according to Rob Biertempfel and Colin Dunlap.  The players who were cut were Josh Fields, Tyler Yates, Sean Gallagher, Daniel McCutchen, and Wyatt Toregas.  The Spring Training Tracker has been updated, and the current roster sits at 36 players following the moves. Josh Fields getting cut means the battle for the corner infield bench spot could come down between Steve Pearce and Andy...

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Pirates Release Fernando Nieve

The Pittsburgh Pirates have given Fernando Nieve his unconditional release, according to a team press release.  Nieve was just cut from Spring Training yesterday, and assigned to minor league camp.  He has a career 4.61 ERA in 185.2 innings in the majors, and is 28 years old.  He wouldn’t have made the starting rotation in Indianapolis, and might not have been a candidate for the bullpen, which explains his release.  The Pirates...

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Pirates Release Atkins, Cut Two

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released infielder Garrett Atkins, and cut Fernando Nieve and Justin Thomas from major league camp, cutting their Spring Training roster down to 41 players. That group of players does not include Kevin Hart, who is on the disabled list. All three players were non roster invitees. Atkins was set to make $800 K if he made the majors. He was competing with Josh Fields and Andy Marte for a bench spot, although...

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Pirates Claim Garrett Olson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed left handed pitcher Garrett Olson from the Seattle Mariners today.  Olsen should compete for a left handed bullpen spot.  Joe Beimel and Scott Olsen have both been injured at times this Spring, and both have struggled in their return.  They are the only options for the Pirates in terms of left handed relievers, although Scott Olsen is technically competing for a starting role. Garrett Olson has a...

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