Roster Moves: Penn, Hanrahan, Burres, McCutchen, Ohlendorf

A bunch of roster moves made today, so here’s a quick recap: -Hayden Penn was designated for assignment.  I wonder how his recent performance has affected his chances of being claimed elsewhere.  He’s a guy who I wouldn’t mind losing, but at the same time, I wouldn’t mind if he goes to AAA to work on his command.  No harm in trying to catch lightning in a bottle with a talented arm like Penn....

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Pirates DFA Penn, reinstate Hanrahan

The Pirates designated Hayden Penn for assignment today to make room for Joel Hanrahan. As expected, Daniel McCutchen was also sent to Triple-A Indianapolis. Brian Burres, making an emergency start tonight for Ross Ohlendorf, will temporarily replace McCutchen on the roster. [Link] 40-Man...

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Pirates Notebook: Is Jones the real deal?

When the Pirates entered the bottom of the first down 2-0, there was this slight feeling of hopelessness, as if the Opening Day optimism wouldn’t even last a full inning.  Then, with one swing of the bat, everything changed. After Garrett Jones crushed his two run river shot off of Vicente Padilla, all of the optimism of the season was restored for me.  I admit to being downright giddy, able to do or say nothing at...

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2010 Pirates Preview: Ten Prospects Who Could Make an Impact

Starting today, and finishing on Monday, I’ll be previewing the upcoming 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates season, all to get ready for Opening Day on Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  To kick things off, here is a list of the top ten prospects who could make an impact at the major league level this season.  Keep in mind that this is not a normal top ten prospects list.  This is only a list of guys who I think have a...

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Jeff Locke, ground balls, and management’s rationale for wanting Kevin Hart in the rotation

Chicago Cubs vs. Washington NationalsMany Pirates fans mistakenly consider Jeff Locke’s minor league career to be unimpressive. In other news, management has grudgingly demoted Kevin Hart to Triple-A to start the season. Join me as I tie these seemingly unrelated topics together into one simple statistic.

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