Minor Moves: Three Catchers on the Move, Edwin Espinal to Disabled List
May18

Minor Moves: Three Catchers on the Move, Edwin Espinal to Disabled List

With Nevin Ashley on call for the majors, it seems like there was a chain-reaction with catcher moves in the minors. Kawika Emsley-Pai moves from the West Virginia Power to the Altoona Curve. Francisco Diaz moved from the Jamestown roster to West Virginia. Diaz started the year with the Power and was joined by Emsley-Pai when Reese McGuire went on the disabled list. When McGuire returned, Diaz was the one removed from the active...

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Brandon Cumpton to be the 26th Man, Nevin Ashley Could Come Up
May17

Brandon Cumpton to be the 26th Man, Nevin Ashley Could Come Up

Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan has a few updates tonight on who could be called up for tomorrow’s double-header. First, Zangrilli says that Brandon Cumpton will be the 26th man. Pirates will also bring up Brandon Cumpton as 26th man. — Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) May 18, 2014 The scheduled starters are Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole, so Cumpton would probably just serve as an extra arm out of the bullpen. He was...

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Pirates Activate Wandy Rodriguez, Option Jaff Decker
May15

Pirates Activate Wandy Rodriguez, Option Jaff Decker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Wandy Rodriguez off of the 15-day disabled list. To make room, they have optioned Jaff Decker to Triple-A. Rodriguez was expected to b activated today, as he’s the scheduled starter. The move isn’t a good one for the Pirates. In his two rehab starts, Rodriguez gave up ten earned runs on 11 hits in 8.2 innings of work, with a 7:6 K/BB ratio and three home runs. All of that came at the...

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Zack Dodson Activated From Disabled List, Pitches Tonight
May13

Zack Dodson Activated From Disabled List, Pitches Tonight

The Altoona Curve have activated Zack Dodson from the disabled list and he will take his turn on the mound tonight. Dodson was placed on the DL with a left oblique injury, which he suffered while warming up for a start on April 21st. Prior to going on the DL, Dodson made two starts and one relief appearance. In 10.2 innings, he allowed three earned runs on 14 hits and six walks, to go along with six strikeouts. He actually pitched...

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Pirates Release Four Minor League Pitchers
May12

Pirates Release Four Minor League Pitchers

According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have released four minor league pitchers. Lefty pitcher Marcus Beltrez and right-handers Christian Santiago, Arquimedes Lorenzo and Ramon Rodriguez have all been released recently. All four were in Extended Spring Training. Lorenzo was said to be raw, but with huge potential when he signed back in 2009, but a PED suspension side-tracked his career and he never fully recovered. He...

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Pirates Sign Second Baseman Nathan Sopena
May12

Pirates Sign Second Baseman Nathan Sopena

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed second baseman Nathan Sopena, a non-drafted free agent, who attended Eastern Illinois University. The move was announced today on Baseball America, but this apparently went down awhile ago, because a local feature story on Sopena from last August says that he will be playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2014 and he is excited about the opportunity. Sopena’s college career ended...

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