Derrek Lee to the DL, Josh Harrison Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed first baseman Derrek Lee on the 15-day disabled list with a bone fracture in his left wrist, and have recalled infielder Josh Harrison.  Lee’s move is retroactive to August 10th, which means he can return no earlier than August 25th.  In just five games with the Pirates, Lee had a .278 average and hit two homers, both coming in his first game with the team.  Harrison returns to the majors after...

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Rehab Assignments for Presley and d’Arnaud Moved to AAA

The rehab assignments for outfielder Alex Presley and infielder Chase d’Arnaud have been moved from Bradenton to Indianapolis, the team announced today.  That’s good news for the Pirates, as the downfall of the 2011 team came right around the time these two players went on the disabled list.  It’s hard to say whether that’s a correlation or a causation, but the Pirates definitely had a spark at the top of their...

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Pirates Reinstate Ross Ohlendorf, Option Him to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated right handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf from the 60-day disabled list and have optioned him to AAA, the team announced today.  To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated relief pitcher Tim Wood for assignment.  Wood was signed as a minor league free agent in March, and put up a 5.63 ERA in eight innings with the Pirates in a brief appearance in the majors.  At the AAA level he put...

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Jeff Locke Promoted to AAA

Left handed pitching prospect Jeff Locke has been promoted to AAA by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  So far this season, Locke has a 4.03 ERA in 125 innings, along with an 8.2 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9 ratio.  Locke had a nice start on Wednesday, pitching 5.2 shutout innings, while striking out six.  In his last five starts, the 23 year old has allowed seven earned runs in 30.2 innings, along with a 22:8 K/BB ratio.  This will be Locke’s...

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Pirates Reach Agreement With 12th Round Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement with 12th round pick Candon Myles, Pirates Prospects has learned.  Myles, drafted as a center fielder out of high school, had a commitment to Howard College, but opted to go pro instead.  In 2011 he hit for a .495 average for Grand Prairie High School, and had 45 stolen bases.  He’s a weapon on the bases with his speed, holding the motto that if he can get on first base, he...

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8/10 Transactions: Aaron Thompson, Dan Gamache

Two minor league transactions today: -Aaron Thompson has been promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis.  The left hander, who was a first round pick in 2006 by the Florida Marlins, was claimed off of waivers over the off-season by the Washington Nationals.  In 83.2 innings this year in Altoona he put up a 5.16 ERA, along with a 5.5 K/9 and a 2.2 BB/9 ratio. -Dan Gamache, the 2011 6th round pick, has been promoted from the GCL to State...

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