Reese McGuire Returns to West Virginia Roster
May03

Reese McGuire Returns to West Virginia Roster

The West Virginia Power have activated catcher Reese McGuire off the disabled list today. To make room on the roster, catcher Francisco Diaz was transferred to the Jamestown roster. McGuire has been out for the last week with a groin contusion, but it only caused him to miss the minimum seven days for a disabled list stay. McGuire last played on April 25th and he spent his last two games before going on the DL, in the designated...

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Pirates Trade Benji Gonzalez to San Diego Padres
May03

Pirates Trade Benji Gonzalez to San Diego Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded infielder Benji Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres organization. Gonzalez had been in the Pirates organization since being taken in the 7th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He had not played this season after spending the last three years at Bradenton. He was in Extended Spring Training at the time of the deal. Gonzalez played Winter Ball in Puerto Rico this off-season, hitting .317 over 20 games. The...

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Minor Moves: Elvis Escobar Joins West Virginia Outfield
Apr30

Minor Moves: Elvis Escobar Joins West Virginia Outfield

On Wednesday morning, outfielder Elvis Escobar joined the West Virginia Power roster and is in the starting lineup for game one of today’s doubleheader. Escobar played last season for Jamestown, where he hit .268/.293/.350 with nine stolen bases in 56 games. He can play center field, spent most of last season in right field and started today in left field. The 19-year-old was a high profile international signing of the...

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Pirates Promote Casey Sadler, Option Jared Hughes to the Minors
Apr27

Pirates Promote Casey Sadler, Option Jared Hughes to the Minors

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler from Triple-A Indianapolis and have optioned Jared Hughes to the minors. This is the first time that Sadler has been called up to the majors. He was originally scheduled to start with Indianapolis today. Sadler is most likely in the majors to provide long-relief, as Stolmy Pimentel was used up yesterday when Francisco Liriano went down early. Sadler is a sinkerball...

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Russell Martin and Jason Grilli to the DL; Tony Sanchez and Jared Hughes Recalled
Apr26

Russell Martin and Jason Grilli to the DL; Tony Sanchez and Jared Hughes Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Jason Grilli and Russell Martin on the disabled list, and have recalled Tony Sanchez and Jared Hughes. The team attempted to place Grilli on the DL yesterday, and recall Hughes. Normally, Hughes would have been eligible to be recalled within ten days to replace an injured player. However, because Grilli’s time on the DL was backdated to April 21st, and because Hughes was on the Pirates’...

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Minor Moves: Bradenton Bullpen Gets A Makeover
Apr24

Minor Moves: Bradenton Bullpen Gets A Makeover

After using Walker Gourley two days in a row, possibly the first time I’ve ever seen a position player do that, the Bradenton Marauders added some fresh arms to their bullpen. The first move that left them somewhat short-handed, was promoting Tyler Waldron to Altoona and getting Brandon Mann back in return. Mann had just pitched five innings in place of Zack Dodson, who was a late scratch from his start, so Mann wasn’t any...

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