Pirates Release Alex Valdez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released infielder Alex Valdez, Pirates Prospects has learned. Valdez was signed over the off-season as a minor league free agent after spending a year in the Mexican league. He played a lot of shortstop in Spring Training, playing for the Triple-A squad. Valdez showed off a great glove, but didn’t hit a lot, and the roster was eventually filled with guys who didn’t make the major league roster....

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Barrett Barnes Promoted to West Virginia

The Pirates have promoted Barrett Barnes to West Virginia. Barnes was previously in extended Spring Training getting extra at-bats and recovering from an oblique injury that he had at the end of Spring Training. The at-bats were meant to make up for the lost time from the end of camp, and get him ready for the season. Barnes will make West Virginia an even more interesting offense to follow. Currently the best lineup looks like: C...

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Chris Leroux Clears Waivers, Elects Free Agency

Right-handed pitcher Chris Leroux has cleared outright waivers and has elected free agency, per the Pirates. Leroux was designated for assignment last week when the club brought up Bryan Morris to take his spot in the bullpen. He was out of options, so the only choice was placing him on outright waivers. Since this was the second time Leroux had cleared outright waivers, he had the option of refusing a minor league assignment and...

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Pirates Option Bryan Morris to Triple-A, Call Up Vin Mazzaro

The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of Vin Mazzaro from Triple-A Indianapolis and have optioned Bryan Morris to Triple-A. Morris threw three shutout innings last night in his 2013 debut in the majors. However, the bullpen has been overworked, and the Pirates need relievers. So far this season, Mazzaro has thrown seven shutout innings in relief for Indianapolis, with a 9:1 K/BB ratio. His last appearance came on Friday...

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Alex Presley Promoted, Irwin Demoted

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled outfielder Alex Presley and sent down pitcher Phil Irwin. Presley has been playing in AAA ¬†for Indianapolis, where he was hitting .357 through seven games, with two doubles,a homer and six runs scored. Irwin started yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, going 4.2 innings in the come-from-behind 10-7 win. He allowed five runs(four earned) on six hits and four walks, while striking out...

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Brandon Cumpton Promoted to Indianapolis

The Pirates have promoted Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis. The Indians have been short in terms of pitchers. They’ve seen almost all of their relievers throw multiple innings over the last two days. Phil Irwin was supposed to start today, but was promoted to the majors. Kyle McPherson went on the disabled list yesterday. They called up Tim Alderson yesterday, and it originally looked like he could get a shot at starting. Now it...

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