Pirates DFA Vasquez, Hacker, and Lerud

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated three players for assignment. Those players are Virgil Vasquez, Eric Hacker, and Steve Lerud. All three players will have ten days to be traded, claimed by another team, or released. The likely outcome would be that the players either get claimed by another team, and added to that team’s 40-man roster, or they would be assigned to the Pirates’...

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Pirates call up Neil Walker and Virgil Vasquez

The Pirates have called up third baseman Neil Walker, and pitcher Virgil Vasquez with Major League rosters expanding today. The 25-Man Roster has been updated, along with the 40-man roster/payroll projection. Walker recently complained that there was a bias towards Neal Huntington acquired players, and that he was being held back due to being a Dave Littlefield prospect. He backed those comments up by hitting for a .339 average in the...

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September Call-Ups

I’ve seen a lot of September call-up talk in the last week or two, but I wanted to wait until closer to the end of the month before I did my “what would I do” post on the topic. Before I get in to that, let me share my biggest pet peeve with September call-ups. Major league teams are allowed to expand their rosters from 25-men to 40-men in the month of September, with the players on the 40-man roster being the only...

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Happ, Feliz Help Phils Complete Sweep

The Pirates limped into the All-Star break having been swept by their cross-state rivals. Pedro Feliz poked a first inning grand slam and J.A. Happ limited the Pirates to one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings. Virgil Vasquez didn’t live to see the third inning. After giving up five runs in the first inning, Vasquez put two on with one out in the second and was pulled for Jeff Karstens. The Pirates bullpen was...

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Hampton Beats Bucs (Again)

Mike Hampton has not lost to the Pirates this decade. That streak continued as Hampton allowed just one run, three hits and three walks in seven very effective innings. Virgil Vasquez certainly was fine. He gave up a two run triple to Geoff Blum in the first and a two run double to Miguel Tejada in the fifth. He retired the side in order in three of his six innings. The Pirates outburst came in the 7th. Garrett Jones led off with a...

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