Michael Crotta Reinstated from DL, Optioned to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated right handed pitcher Michael Crotta from the disabled list, and have optioned him to AAA Indianapolis.  Crotta was placed on the disabled list on May 11th with right elbow inflammation.  In his rehab work he was mostly sitting 93-95 MPH, and combined for four innings, allowing two runs between the AA and AAA levels.  To make room for Crotta in Indianapolis, Brad Lincoln was transferred to the AA...

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What We Said: 2011 Promotions

We are almost to the mid-way point of the 2011 season, and so far we’ve already seen several prospects make their Major League debuts.  The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have Josh Harrison, Daniel Moskos, and Tony Watson on the active roster, with Michael Crotta on the disabled list.  The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide provided reports on every player in the system coming in to the 2011 season, including the four players...

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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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Game 36 Recap: Dodgers Pound Buccos Back to .500

The Dodgers broke open a scoreless game with ten runs in the final four frames. Ted Lilly pitched six innings and kept the Pirates in check for the win. Through five innings Kevin Correia and Lilly matched each other. Combine the two offenses only sent one man past first base. That all changed in the sixth. With two outs Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles both reached on a single. Andre Ethier singled home Carroll. Matt Kemp delivered the...

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Game 35 Recap: Bucs Move Over .500!

Some clutch pitching and timely hitting mixed with some defense that was questioned to help the Pirates move one game over .500. Starter Jeff Karstens and four relievers combined to limit Los Angeles to just a single run. Jose Tabata’s sliding catch of a drive from Juan Uribe in the eighth tunred into an inning ending double play and some fireworks. The Pirates then connected on three doubles in the home half of the eighth to...

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