Notes: Brian Bixler, Tim Alderson, Tony Sanchez, Nathan Baker, Kevin Decker

A bunch of bad news today, although we do get to end on a good note… -First, the Pirates have reacquired Brian Bixler from the Cleveland Indians.  The Pirates traded Bixler back in January, and received Jesus Brito in return.  They got him back for a player to be named later, to serve as AAA depth.  Apparently the team was lacking strikeouts and bad defense. -To make room for Jeff Locke’s promotion to AA,...

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Are the Pirates Preparing For a Ryan Doumit Trade?

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned Jason Jaramillo to AAA yesterday after the game, and will most likely call Erik Kratz up to the majors as the backup catcher in the second half sometime this week.  I’ve been thinking about the move, and can’t help but think that it lines up perfectly for a Ryan Doumit trade. First, the whole idea of sending Jaramillo to AAA was to get him every day playing time.  Jaramillo was...

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Tony Sanchez out for the year

Rob Biertempfel tweeted moments ago that Pirates’ catching prospect Tony Sanchez will miss the remainder of the 2010 season. Sanchez, out with a broken jaw, previously hoped to return later in the year.

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June Prospects Rundown: Bradenton Marauders

Bradenton was hit hard with injuries in the month of June, putting a big damper not only on the month, but on the season, as a lot of top prospects were impacted by the injury bug.  Brock Holt went down on June 5th in a collision fielding a grounder, and will miss the rest of the season with a torn MCL.  Jeremy Farrell went down in the middle of the month, right in the middle of what has been a breakout season.  Perhaps...

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Another Bradenton Catcher Hit in the Face

What is it about catching prospects in Bradenton getting hit in the face with pitches?  Pittsburgh Pirates catching prospect Eric Fryer was hit in the face with a pitch last night, fracturing his orbital bone and requiring surgery.  This all comes a little over a week after Tony Sanchez was hit in the face with a pitch, fracturing his jaw in two places, and requiring surgery which will put him out for 6-8 weeks. The orbital...

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