Jose Contreras Placed on Bereavement List, Jared Hughes Recalled

Right-handed reliever Jose Contreras has been placed on the bereavement list due to a death in his family, and the Pirates have recalled righty Jared Hughes to take his spot in the bullpen. [Update: Hughes will be at PNC Park "at some point" during Friday night's game, according to Jim Trdinich, Director of Baseball Communications.] Contreras made his Pirates debut May 5 and has pitched in five games, with four strikeouts and two...

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Pirates Trade Brian Jeroloman to the Nationals

Rob Biertempfel reports that Brian Jeroloman has been traded to the Washington Nationals. https://twitter.com/BiertempfelTrib/status/335471551774326784 The Pirates claimed Jeroloman in late 2011 from Toronto, then lost him a month later on waivers to Toronto. They added him in a minor trade before the season to add depth in Triple-A. It will probably only be a matter of time before he’s back again.

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Minor Moves: Holmes Off DL, d’Arnaud Starts Rehab

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a handful of minor league moves today involving West Virginia and Bradenton. Clay Holmes was activated off the disabled list and will start tonight. He had a minor ankle injury. He last pitched eight days ago. To make room for Holmes, West Virginia assigned reliever Josh Smith to the Jamestown roster. Chase d’Arnaud will make his 2013 debut today for Bradenton. He is on a rehab assignment, as he...

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Jonathan Sanchez Signs With the Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Jonathan Sanchez, according to Jon Heyman. jonathan sanchez agrees to terms with #dodgers. @pedrogomezESPN 1st said close — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 15, 2013 What this means for the Pirates is that the Dodgers assume a pro-rated portion of the league minimum salary for Sanchez. That means the Pirates are off the hook for about $371,538 of Sanchez’s salary this year, putting the...

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John McDonald to the DL, Jordy Mercer Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed infielder John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list, and have recalled Jordy Mercer from Indianapolis. There were a lot of words written last week about Jordy Mercer being sent down. A lot of those words came on this site, and from me. It’s great to see Mercer back and McDonald out. However, it’s kind of a strange situation. This obviously shows that the Pirates were more concerned with...

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Minor Moves: Jake Burnette Added to West Virginia, Clay Holmes to the DL

The West Virginia Power have added Jake Burnette to their roster, and will have the right-hander starting tonight. Clay Holmes has been added to the disabled list, retroactive May 9th. No word on the injury to Holmes, although hopefully it explains his 6.10 ERA and 17:25 K/BB ratio in 31 innings this year. UPDATE: It’s a right ankle injury for Holmes, which doesn’t sound like it has anything to do with his pitching....

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