Pirates Cut Five, Including Josh Fields

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made four cuts today, according to Rob Biertempfel and Colin Dunlap.  The players who were cut were Josh Fields, Tyler Yates, Sean Gallagher, Daniel McCutchen, and Wyatt Toregas.  The Spring Training Tracker has been updated, and the current roster sits at 36 players following the moves. Josh Fields getting cut means the battle for the corner infield bench spot could come down between Steve Pearce and Andy...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Indianapolis Indians preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  A few of the players from the starting pitching preview will eventually factor in to the bullpen as well.  Overall, the bullpen isn’t that important.  Even when players have success, it doesn’t guarantee success in the majors.  Last year the Pirates had...

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The 2011 Bullpen

A year ago at this time, the 2010 bullpen was largely incomplete, consisting only of Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek, Javier Lopez, and a few minor signings competing for spots, such as Wilfredo Ledezma, Vinnie Chulk, Jack Taschner, and Brian Burres.  In the following weeks, the Pirates added D.J. Carrasco, Brendan Donnelly, and Octavio Dotel, giving the bullpen a major boost to start the 2010 season, and leading to one of the few strong...

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Candidates To Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years.  Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions.  The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players, very few of whom have established themselves as solid major leaguers.  Many of the players who were acquired as major leaguers, or near-ready major leaguers, are out of options.  Many of the...

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Karstens Scratched, Ohlendorf Could Be Done For Season

Two big blows to the rotation as two of the best performing starters this year are dealing with injuries… -After exiting in the first inning after facing two batters, Ross Ohlendorf was diagnosed with a strained left muscle behind his left shoulder, and could be done for the year.  There’s a chance that Ohlendorf could return by the end of the season. -Jeff Karstens will miss his start tomorrow due to arm fatigue, and will...

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