Alvarez reinstated from DL, optioned to Triple-A

The Pirates announced today that third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been reinstated from the disabled list and assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Alvarez has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a right quad strain. He hit .208/.283/.304 in 138 plate appearances before suffering the injury, and has produced a .235/.386/.382 line in 44 rehab plate appearances split between the Gulf Coast League, High-A Bradenton and Triple-A...

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Exicardo Cayonez Demoted to the GCL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right handed pitcher Jordan Cooper to the State College Spikes, and to create space on the roster, they have demoted Exicardo Cayonez to the Gulf Coast League.  Cooper is expected to pitch tonight, with the probable starter listed as TBA, which normally indicates a player not currently on the roster.  Usually, these moves are just paper moves, with the guy in Cayonez’s position returning to...

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Pirates Trade Cesar Valdez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded right handed pitcher Cesar Valdez to the Florida Marlins for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to a team press release.  Valdez was acquired in the Zach Duke trade over the winter.  He had a 3.86 ERA in 42 innings, with a 36:17 K/BB ratio.  Valdez had a strong month of May, with a 1.00 ERA in 18 innings, along with a 16:5 K/BB ratio, but has struggled in every other...

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Pirates Sign Minor League FA Billy Nowlin, Other Moves

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed minor league free agent Billy Nowlin and have assigned him to the State College Spikes.  Nowlin, an outfielder, was drafted in the 25th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2008, and has played as high as the AA level, hitting for a .268/.309/.465 line in 142 at-bats in the Eastern League.  This year he returned to low-A, where he had a .243/.324/.388 line in 152 at-bats, before being released by the...

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Chris Leroux Up, Brad Lincoln Down

After making a somewhat successful spot start yesterday, Brad Lincoln has been sent down to AAA by the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Chris Leroux has been recalled.  I talked about Leroux in this morning’s Daily Player Profile, and how he’s basically a new pitcher, with a new arm slot and an effective slider.  It should be interesting to see how the new approach translates to the...

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Brad Lincoln Up, Tim Wood Down

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up starting pitcher Brad Lincoln for game two of tonight’s double header, and to make room on the 25-man roster they have optioned right hander Tim Wood to AAA Indianapolis.  The move was expected, as the Pirates needed a spot starter for game two of tonight’s double header. Lincoln has a 4.14 ERA in 82.2 innings this year at the AAA level.  He got off to a bad start, with a 7.17 ERA in...

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