Alen Hanson Promoted To Altoona
Jul28

Alen Hanson Promoted To Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted shortstop Alen Hanson to Altoona. He left today’s Bradenton game in the fourth inning. With Bradenton, Hanson hit .281 in 92 games, with 23 doubles, eight triples, seven homers and 24 stolen bases. Alen Hanson came into this season as the Pirates fourth rated prospect, though some people had the 20-year-old switch-hitter rated ahead of Gregory Polanco. Hanson started the season off slowly,...

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Minor Moves: Casey Sadler Activated off the Altoona DL
Jul28

Minor Moves: Casey Sadler Activated off the Altoona DL

Here are the minor league moves from this afternoon. **Casey Sadler has been activated off the Altoona disabled list. Sadler had been out since June 30th, when he took a line drive off the knee. He was on the DL with a contusion. On the season he has a 3.38 ERA in 96 innings, with a 54:25 K/BB ratio. He will be starting today’s game for Altoona. **Ali Solis was promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis. He was sent down to Altoona...

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Pirates Place Travis Snider on the DL; Recall Tony Sanchez
Jul28

Pirates Place Travis Snider on the DL; Recall Tony Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Travis Snider on the 15-day disabled list due to discomfort in his left big toe. Tony Sanchez has been recalled to take Snider’s spot. The expectation was that Sanchez could have replaced McKenry or Martin, who both experienced left knee injuries this weekend. The announcement of Snider is a surprise. It gives the Pirates an extra catcher for the next few games with Martin and McKenry banged...

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Minor Moves: Hollingsworth and Bromberg Promoted To Indianapolis
Jul27

Minor Moves: Hollingsworth and Bromberg Promoted To Indianapolis

There was a lot of roster shuffling going on today in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system involving all four full-season teams. Indianapolis sent catcher Ali Solis and pitcher Zack Thornton to Altoona. Taking their place on the Indianapolis roster is a pair of starting pitchers, Ethan Hollingsworth and David Bromberg. Bradenton sent pitcher Thomas Harlan down to West Virginia and activated pitcher Matt Benedict. Indianapolis is...

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Minor Moves: D’Arnaud Activated From Triple-A DL
Jul24

Minor Moves: D’Arnaud Activated From Triple-A DL

Here are the minor league moves from the last two days in the system. **Chase d’Arnaud has been reinstated from the Triple-A disabled list. D’Arnaud went down a few weeks ago with a wrist injury. **Ali Solis has been promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis. Interesting that this move gives Indianapolis three catchers. **Miguel Perez has been activated off the Double-A disabled list, replacing Solis on the Altoona roster....

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Pirates Release Jose Contreras
Jul18

Pirates Release Jose Contreras

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released Jose Contreras. The right-hander was with Indianapolis, and was performing well. He had given up just one earned run in 16.1 innings with the Indians since being sent down from the majors. He also had a 19:5 K/BB ratio. My guess is that they released him to give him an opportunity to sign elsewhere where he could play in the majors. The Pirates don’t really have a spot in their bullpen for...

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