Juan Cruz Cleared Waivers and Released by Pirates

Juan Cruz cleared outright waivers, and refused his assignment to Triple-A Indianapolis. The right-hander has been released by the organization. Cruz, 33, signed as a minor league free agent in February, and broke camp out of spring training with the club. The veteran posted a 2.78 ERA over 35.2 innings in relief this season with Pittsburgh. Cruz also spent some time on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Cruz was designated for...

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Pirates Notebook: Rodriguez Struggling Since Trade; Do Pirates Need to Look For Help?

Since the Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for three prospects, the left-hander hasn’t pitched well. After allowing five earned runs to Los Angeles in the Pirates third straight loss and their sixth of their last seven games, Rodriguez hasn’t posted numbers as expected. Since the trade, Rodriguez has a 5.58 ERA (15 ER, 24.2IP) over four starts after getting his third loss as a Pirate on Wednesday....

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Pirates Notebook: No Quitting in the Bucs During Rough Stretch

The Pirates are going through a rough stretch. After getting shutout 11-0 to Los Angeles on Tuesday, Manager Clint Hurdle said “it is our worst patch of play probably during the season.” While the starting staff and bullpen has been struggling, the offense hasn’t been able to click consistently either. The club has lost five of their seven games. During that stretch, the starters have combined to post a 6.75 ERA (30...

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Pirates Notebook: Barmes Has Biggest Swing of His Season

This Pittsburgh Pirates team battles, and never gives up. Even when things look like they’re starting to turn for the worse, they’ve been able to prevail and beat the odds. It proved to be true on Sunday afternoon, in perhaps the wildest first four innings played this 2012 season. “We’re pretty good,” Manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’re not perfect. We’ll confuse you. We’ll probably anger you from time to...

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Juan Cruz Reinstated from DL; Jared Hughes Optioned to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated right-hander Juan Cruz from the 15-day disabled list and have optioned right-hander Jared Hughes to Triple-A Indianapolis. Right shoulder inflammation sent Cruz to the disabled list on July 21 (retroactive to the 18th). Cruz made two rehab appearances with Double-A Altoona. His most recent came on Thursday where he saw an increase in his velocity and tossed a scoreless inning in relief. The...

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