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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Pirates Recall Irwin, Option Josh Harrison to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled Phil Irwin from Triple-A, and have optioned Josh Harrison to Triple-A. They’ve also officially announced Irwin as today’s starter. Since Irwin is a spot starter, I’d expect him to go back down after the game, with a position player coming up to replace Harrison on the bench. That position player could be Brandon Inge. Inge has less than a week left on his minor league rehab...

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Tim Alderson Promoted to Indianapolis, McPherson to the DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Tim Alderson to Indianapolis. They’ve also placed Kyle McPherson on the Triple-A disabled list. McPherson had a pretty rough outing last night, giving up seven runs in 1.2 innings. It’s unclear what his injury is at the moment, although he’s dealt with shoulder problems in two different instances over the last year. The Pirates need pitching in Indianapolis...

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Minor Moves: Kyle Waldrop Added to Indianapolis Roster

Following the promotion of Bryan Morris to the majors, Kyle Waldrop has been added to the Indianapolis Indians roster. Waldrop is an extreme ground ball pitcher, getting rates of around 70% in his career. He was invited to major league camp, then didn’t make a full season minor league team after being cut. He’s been spending time in extended Spring Training, and should be used in a depth role this year in the upper...

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