Jose Contreras Activated From Bereavement List, Jared Hughes Optioned

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-handed pitcher Jose Contreras from the bereavement list. To make room, Jared Hughes has been optioned to Triple-A. The move is the exact opposite of the move from a few days ago, when Contreras was placed on the bereavement list due to a death in the family and Hughes came up to take his place.

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Takes Mound As NL Strikeout Leader

A.J. Burnett will start Saturday night with the most strikeouts (72) in the National League and 25,000 bobbleheads with his face in the PNC Park stands. While he trails MLB leader Yu Darvish (86 strikeouts), Burnett faces a Houston offense that has struck out the most times in baseball this season. Burnett’s strikeout rate has jumped to a career-best 31.6%, but manager Clint Hurdle wants to make sure his staff ace is not only...

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Jose Contreras Placed on Bereavement List, Jared Hughes Recalled

Right-handed reliever Jose Contreras has been placed on the bereavement list due to a death in his family, and the Pirates have recalled righty Jared Hughes to take his spot in the bullpen. [Update: Hughes will be at PNC Park "at some point" during Friday night's game, according to Jim Trdinich, Director of Baseball Communications.] Contreras made his Pirates debut May 5 and has pitched in five games, with four strikeouts and two...

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Prospect Watch: Brown and Alderson Pick Up the Slack for the Indy Rotation

Top Pitcher: Tim Alderson, Top Hitter: Jacob Stallings, HR: None

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Pirates Add Jose Contreras, Option Jared Hughes

As expected, the Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jose Contreras. To make room, they’ve optioned Jared Hughes to Triple-A. We heard earlier in the week that Contreras would be added to the roster on Friday. He’s been throwing well in the minors, featuring a nasty fork ball. I talked about the impact Contreras could have in the bullpen in today’s podcast. It’s a bit of a...

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