PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Righty reliever Jared Hughes was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon in order to activate right-hander A.J. Burnett from the 15-day disabled list. Hughes' stay in Indy, however, won't last long.

"It’s been a great opportunity. It will continue to be when I get back here. Right now, it’s whatever’s best for the team. I’m going to do it," Hughes said. "They said that it’s one of those things where they had to do it now, and they want me to come back..I’ll be ready for whenever they need me."

Hughes tossed 3.0 innings in Friday night's 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. That followed 2.2 innings on Tuesday in Arizona. Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said he would have been unavailable the next two days, giving the 'pen one less arm.

"He’s done a ...

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