Pirates Notebook: I Love the Bullpen

If there’s one thing I like about the 7-5 start to the season, it’s the bullpen.  I’m very comfortable with this bullpen when the Pirates are holding a lead, or when they’re trying to stay in the game.  That wasn’t exactly the case in years past.  There was Matt Capps bombing last year.  There have been guys like Tyler Yates and Denny Bautista blowing up in the middle innings. One of...

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Notes: Hayden Penn, Ramon Vazquez, Indianapolis Indians

A few Saturday afternoon notes as I catch up from the last few days: -Hayden Penn has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to AAA by the Pirates.  However, Penn has until Monday to accept the assignment, or to elect to become a free agent.  The reason for this is because this is the second time Penn has been designated for assignment and outrighted to the minors.  Any player who is removed from the 40-man roster and...

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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: Not so lucky today

Yesterday I talked about the bad things that the Pirates managed to get away with in their extra innings victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Today, the Pirates weren’t so lucky.  For reference, here is what I said, followed by my recap a day later: It wasn’t all good tonight. I mentioned earlier that it was great the Pirates were getting to the Dodgers’ bullpen two days in a row. That should provide the...

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