Hughes Optioned to Triple-A with Plans of Returning Soon

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Righty reliever Jared Hughes was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon in order to activate right-hander A.J. Burnett from the 15-day disabled list. Hughes’ stay in Indy, however, won’t last long. “It’s been a great opportunity. It will continue to be when I get back here. Right now, it’s whatever’s best for the team. I’m going to do it,” Hughes said. “They said...

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Pirates Finalize 25-Man With a Series of Moves

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several moves to finalize their 25-man roster today. The team placed right-handed reliever Chris Leroux on the 60-day disabled list with a strained right pectoral muscle. The move means that: -The Pirates will carry an extra bench spot, with Matt Hague, Yamaico Navarro, and Josh Harrison all making the team -Jared Hughes will take the final bullpen spot -With Leroux on the 60-day disabled list, a spot has...

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Hughes Learning to Pitch Inside More Efficiently

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Jared Hughes took a huge step forward during the 2011 season after he changed his arm slot to a three-quarters release, and was moved into the bullpen. The hard throwing 6′ 7″ right-hander believed throwing over the top would be more deceiving for hitters, trying to use his height to get hitters out. But once Hughes moved his arm slot, he saw himself throwing more strikes. He also saw himself...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: The Bullpen

If there’s one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates have had success adding players over the last few years, it’s been the bullpen.  That was seen in 2011 with the makeup of the top performers in the bullpen.  The 2011 pen was made up of mostly outside acquisitions from the past few years, most of those coming from low cost moves. Top closer Joel Hanrahan was acquired in a trade, along with Lastings Milledge, in exchange for...

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Game 161 Recap: Fielder Hits Three Homers

Prince Fielder hit three homers and drove in five runs. Starters Ross Ohlendorf and Randy Wolf weren’t particularly effective. Each left the game before it was decided and wound up with a no decision. Fielder’s last homer was a two run shot that broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh. The small lead the Pirates built in the second quickly evaporated. The Pirates tally came when Matt Pagnozzi singled in Neil Walker who had doubled....

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