Pirates Release Tom Boleska, Activate Brian Leach

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right handed reliever Tom Boleska, in order to make room in Altoona for right handed reliever Brian Leach, who is coming off the disabled list.  Boleska currently has a 5.40 ERA in 16.2 innings, with an 11:12 K/BB ratio.  Most of his struggles are recent, as he started the season with 10.2 shutout innings, before allowing 10 runs in six innings over his last four outings.  However, his strikeout...

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Jose Ascanio Activated, Michael Crotta to DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right handed reliever Jose Ascanio from the 15-day disabled list, and have placed right handed reliever Michael Crotta on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.  The placement of Crotta frees up the spot for Ascanio, who finished his rehab work this week in AAA. I talked about Ascanio the other day, questioning whether he should have been added to the 25-man roster.  If the...

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John Bowker Outrighted to AAA

Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates designated John Bowker for assignment, making room for Xavier Paul, who was claimed from the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Today, Bowker cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA. Bowker was originally acquired at the 2010 trade deadline, along with Joe Martinez, in exchange for Javier Lopez.  Martinez was designated for assignment over the off-season, and claimed by the Cleveland Indians. Bowker will be...

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Pirates Recall Moskos, Meek to DL

As speculated last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Evan Meek on the 15-day disabled list, and have re-called left hander Daniel Moskos.  The 25-man roster and the 40-man roster are both updated with the moves. There was a lot of concern about Moskos heading in to the 2011 season, mostly due to poor control in his limited time in 2010.  In 17.1 innings with the Indianapolis Indians, Moskos put up a 10.38 ERA, along with an...

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Josh Rodriguez Returned to Indians

The Pittsburgh Pirates have returned 2010 Rule 5 pick, Josh Rodriguez, to the Cleveland Indians.  The Pirates designated Rodriguez for assignment last week in order to make room for Brandon Wood, who they claimed off of waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.

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John Bowker to be Designated for Assignment

To make room for Xavier Paul on the 25-man roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates will cut John Bowker today.  Since Bowker is out of options, the Pirates will have to designate him for assignment, giving them ten days to trade, waive, or release the left handed hitting outfielder. Bowker was acquired by the Pirates at the trade deadline in 2010, along with Joe Martinez, in exchange for Javier Lopez.  The Pirates designated Martinez for...

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