Less than a month from now, on September 1st, Major League Baseball rosters will expand. Teams will be able to call up additional players, beyond the current 25-man restrictions. Only players who are on the 40-man roster will be eligible to be called up, which means teams can call up a maximum of 40 players.

The Pirates will be contending for the first time in a long time this year, which should change their approach to September callups. In previous years, the Pirates have called up a small amount of players. There wasn't much need for a lot of callups with the team out of contention. Last year they called up Brian Burres and Jason Jaramillo on September 1st, then called up six players at the conclusion of the Triple-A season.

There will be a challenge this year to balance the callu...

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