Prospect Watch: Kingham Makes Final Start For Bradenton; D’Arnaud Homers

Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, HR: Chase d’Arnaud

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Jose Contreras to the DL, Bryan Morris Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Jose Contreras on the 15-day disabled list with low back inflammation, and have recalled Bryan Morris to take his place. Morris was recently optioned to make room for Mike Zagurski, but is eligible to return early due to the DL placement for Contreras.

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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┬áJim Trdinich, Director of Baseball Communications.] Contreras made his Pirates debut May 5 and has pitched in five games, with four...

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