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 assignment by the Pirates on Monday.

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  1. After Juan Cruz was placed on the restricted list in late May to tend to a personal matter in the D.R., he was never the same. Pure speculation on my part, but I think his heart wasn’t in the job after that trip and there may be a “human element” to his demise.

      • Me either. Get that bum out of here. Since he refused to go to AAA, does that mean the Pirates don’t have to pay the rest of his contract? That’d be pretty dumb on his part, not much left to the AAA season.

        • True, but there’s still a chance that a playoff hopeful team needs bullpen help. By accepting his release, there’s a better chance that he’ll be picked up by a major league team, and maybe even a chance he could be pitching in October. This is not a dumb move on his part

  2. I’m not sold on the current construction of our bullpen, but I’m glad NH decided that the best possible version of our bullpen doesn’t include Cruz.

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