Pirates Release Duke Welker, Option Jaff Decker to Triple-A
Jul14

Pirates Release Duke Welker, Option Jaff Decker to Triple-A

Duke Welker has been released by Pittsburgh after being DFA’d last week, according to the MLB transactions page. After getting off to a tough start this season, Welker underwent Tommy John surgery last month. Welker had a 4.91 ERA with 11 walks in 11 innings with Indianapolis this season. Welker posted an ERA under three for back to back seasons in 2011 and 2012 with Bradenton, Altoona and Indianapolis. In 2013, Welker struggled a bit...

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Thoughts on Yesterday’s Pirates Roster Moves
Jul10

Thoughts on Yesterday’s Pirates Roster Moves

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several roster moves yesterday, calling up Matt Hague, announcing plans to send Vance Worley to the bullpen, and designating Duke Welker for assignment. Here are some thoughts on each of those moves, and what they mean for the short and long-term for the Pirates. Matt Hague Joins the Pirates Hague has been having a strong year with Indianapolis. He originally broke in with the Pirates in 2012, after putting...

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Pirates DFA Duke Welker
Jul09

Pirates DFA Duke Welker

Earlier in the day, it was announced that Matt Hague would be joining the Pittsburgh Pirates in St Louis to take the place of Starling Marte, who was placed on the Bereavement List. To make room on the 40-man roster for Hague, the Pirates designated right-handed relief pitcher Duke Welker for assignment. Welker had Tommy John surgery back in early June, so he will be out until sometime next season. He was pitching at Indianapolis this...

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Mazzaro Accepts Assignment to Indianapolis, Welker Has Tommy John Surgery
Jun06

Mazzaro Accepts Assignment to Indianapolis, Welker Has Tommy John Surgery

Yesterday it was reported that Vin Mazzaro had been outrighted to Indianapolis, and that Duke Welker appeared to have Tommy John surgery. The Pirates just issued a press release saying that Mazzaro has accepted his assignment to Indianapolis, while confirming the surgery for Welker. This is the third time that Mazzaro has been outrighted to Triple-A, and the second time this year. He could have declined the assignment to become a free...

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Duke Welker Appears to Be Having Tommy John Surgery
Jun05

Duke Welker Appears to Be Having Tommy John Surgery

Duke Welker has been on the disabled list in Indianapolis since May 5th, and today he had this tweet: At Andrews institute ready for surgery for my new elbow. Probably wouldn’t be tweeting normally but these meds make everything sound great. — Duke Welker (@The5thWelker) June 5, 2014 James Andrews. New elbow. I haven’t received word that Welker was having Tommy John, but that appears to be the case. Welker will be the...

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