Jose Ascanio Clears Waivers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted pitcher Jose Ascanio to Indianapolis after the right hander cleared waivers, David Todd first reported.  Ascanio was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates recalled Tony Watson from AAA, adding a second left hander to the bullpen.  Prior to the move, Ascanio had a 7.11 ERA in 6.1 innings, with a 5:2 K/BB ratio. Ascanio has good stuff, with an upper 90s fastball, and a great slider...

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Tony Watson Recalled, Jose Ascanio DFAd

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled left handed pitcher Tony Watson, adding a second left hander to the bullpen.  To make room, the Pirates designated right hander Jose Ascanio for assignment. Watson was added to the 40-man roster over the off-season, after putting up a 2.67 ERA in 111.1 innings in Altoona last year, with a 105:24 K/BB ratio.  So far this year he has been pitching in relief for Indianapolis, with a 2.45 ERA in 29.1...

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Game 44 Recap: Karstens, Walker Lead Pirates to Win

Nice outing from Jeff Karstens. Nice offensive display from the Pirates. And a big crowd too. Make it three straight wins for the Pirates. Karstens limited the Tigers to three hits and no walks over six innings. He was perfect through four innings. He gave up a lead off homer to Ramon Santiago in the sixth that knotted the score at one. One out later Austin Jackson doubled. What looked like it might be the end worked out fine as...

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Game 38 Recap: Gallardo Topples Bucs

Yovani Gallardo has the Pirates number. On the mound. At the plate. He’s a pain in the rear. Gallardo added a win, two hits, two runs and an RBI to his already impressive resume against the Pirates. The Pirates wasted an early chance against Gallardo. He gave up a single to Neil Walker and then walked Pedro Alvarez to commence the top of the second. But Lyle Overbay and Chris Snyder were retired without either runner advancing....

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Jose Ascanio Activated, Michael Crotta to DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right handed reliever Jose Ascanio from the 15-day disabled list, and have placed right handed reliever Michael Crotta on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.  The placement of Crotta frees up the spot for Ascanio, who finished his rehab work this week in AAA. I talked about Ascanio the other day, questioning whether he should have been added to the 25-man roster.  If the...

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