Minor Moves: Pirates Release Two Minor League Pitchers
Jul18

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Two Minor League Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released two minor league pitchers today, cutting ties with right-handers Jason Townsend and Jorge Mendoza. Townsend is the bigger name here, reaching Altoona and looking like a legit relief prospect for awhile. He was drafted in the 31st round in 2010, and was hitting 97 out of the bullpen with poor control right after the draft. He improved on that control in following years, but didn’t post the...

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Minor Moves: Andrew Lambo Returns to Indianapolis
Jul17

Minor Moves: Andrew Lambo Returns to Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Indians and Altoona Curve have announced the following moves. **Matt Curry has been placed on the disabled list, retro July 15th, with a left ankle injury. **Andrew Lambo has been activated from the DL. **Jhonathan Ramos was assigned to Altoona. **Ralph Henriquez has been placed on the Altoona DL to make room for Josh Bell, who was officially promoted today.

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Starling Marte Reinstated From the Bereavement List
Jul17

Starling Marte Reinstated From the Bereavement List

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that Starling Marte has been activated from the bereavement list, and Jaff Decker has been optioned to Triple-A. The move to option Decker came a few days ago. This means that Marte will be back and ready to join the team for the start of the second half tomorrow.

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Josh Bell Getting Promoted to Altoona
Jul15

Josh Bell Getting Promoted to Altoona

Josh Bell, who is having a breakout season in Bradenton this year, will be promoted to Altoona. This is according to his teammate, Barrett Barnes. @PirateBaseBell futures game yesterday, game winning hit today, and the call up to AA tonight! Stay hot fam proud of you brotha! #Witness — Barrett Barnes (@b_barnes1991) July 15, 2014 Bell just participated in the Future’s Game yesterday, then returned to play with the...

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Pirates Release Duke Welker, Option Jaff Decker to Triple-A
Jul14

Pirates Release Duke Welker, Option Jaff Decker to Triple-A

Duke Welker has been released by Pittsburgh after being DFA’d last week, according to the MLB transactions page. After getting off to a tough start this season, Welker underwent Tommy John surgery last month. Welker had a 4.91 ERA with 11 walks in 11 innings with Indianapolis this season. Welker posted an ERA under three for back to back seasons in 2011 and 2012 with Bradenton, Altoona and Indianapolis. In 2013, Welker struggled a bit...

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Francisco Liriano Activated, Matt Hague Optioned Back to Indianapolis
Jul13

Francisco Liriano Activated, Matt Hague Optioned Back to Indianapolis

Starter Francisco Liriano has been activated from the disabled list to start today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Matt Hague back to Indianapolis. Liriano started on rehab with Indianapolis on Monday and pitched brilliantly. He threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks and he struck out eight batters. Ryan Palencer covered the...

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