Neil Walker to the DL, Jordy Mercer Recalled

Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan reports that Jordy Mercer is likely joining the Pirates. Hearing from sources that Jordy Mercer will likely be brought up from AAA… #Pirates @937theFan — Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) May 3, 2013 No word on what the corresponding move would be. The two possibilities that come to mind would be Neil Walker to the disabled list, or releasing John McDonald. I feel it’s more of the former...

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Pirates Add Jose Contreras, Option Jared Hughes

As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jose Contreras. To make room, they’ve optioned Jared Hughes to Triple-A. We heard earlier in the week that Contreras would be added to the roster on Friday. He’s been throwing well in the minors, featuring a nasty fork ball. I talked about the impact Contreras could have in the bullpen in today’s podcast. It’s a bit of a...

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Pirates DFA Jonathan Sanchez, Recall Bryan Morris

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Jonathan Sanchez for assignment and have recalled Bryan Morris. The move is likely to be a temporary one for Morris, for reasons I listed in last night’s First Pitch. The club will have Jose Contreras, Francisco Liriano, and Charlie Morton returning in the next few weeks. Contreras just threw an inning in Indianapolis today, after throwing back to back days over the weekend. I’d...

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Jose Contreras Promoted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Jose Contreras to Indianapolis, per an Altoona press release. Contreras was previously with Altoona, working his way back from an elbow injury last year. He pitched back to back games last week on the 20th and 21st in Altoona, and will now go to Indianapolis for the next step. The Pirates also transferred infielder Oscar Tejeda from Indianapolis to Altoona. UPDATE 6:31 PM: Rob...

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Pirates Trade Roman Colon to the Braves

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded right-handed pitcher Roman Colon to the Atlanta Braves, according to Talking Chop. Colon was in extended Spring Training with the Pirates after missing out on a spot with any of the full season teams.

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Minor Moves: Waldron, Townsend to the DL

The Altoona Curve have placed two pitchers on the disabled list in the last two days. Here are some other minor moves around the system. **Tyler Waldron was placed on the disabled list yesterday, retroactive April 21st, with a right shoulder injury. Waldron had a 5.40 ERA in 15 innings over three starts. His strikeouts were down early in the season about 2 K/9. **Jason Townsend has been placed on the disabled list with a right hand...

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