Zack Dodson Activated, Starting Today For Bradenton

The Bradenton Marauders have activated left-handed pitcher Zack Dodson, and will have him starting today’s game against Dunedin. Dodson finished his 50-game suspension earlier this week, but wasn’t able to start until the weekend due to a start in extended Spring Training earlier in the week. To make room for Dodson on the active roster, Bradenton sent Junior Sosa down to West Virginia. The Power had an open roster spot...

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Minor Moves: Barrett Barnes to the DL

Catching up on some minor league moves: **The West Virginia Power have placed Barrett Barnes on the 7-day disabled list. As Tom Bragg reported on Wednesday, Barnes had a hamstring injury. The DL placement was retroactive May 2nd. **After Jordy Mercer was promoted to the majors, Jeff Larish was added to the Indianapolis...

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Pirates Sign Jeff Gibbs

According to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Gibbs. Gibbs was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 18th. Gibbs was a ninth round pick in the 2012 draft.┬áHe sits in the low-90s and can reach the mid-90s, with an average slider and change. Last year he pitched in short-season ball, but didn’t have the best results. The Pirates will...

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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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