Pirates Roster Moves: Tabata, Morris Out; Harrison, Zagurski In; Karstens to 60-Day

Mike Zagurski has been added to the 40-man roster. Photo Credit: David Hague
Mike Zagurski has been added to the 40-man roster. Photo Credit: David Hague

The Pittsburgh Pirates made several roster moves this morning. Here is the recap:

Leaving the Roster

**Jose Tabata was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive May 25th, with a left oblique strain.

**Bryan Morris was optioned to Triple-A.

**Jeff Karstens was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Joining the Roster

**Josh Harrison was promoted from Triple-A.

**The Pirates purchased the contract of Mike Zagurski.

Zagurski is a left-hander who had a 2.14 ERA in 21 innings with Indianapolis, along with a 37:9 K/BB ratio. He has been added to the 40-man roster, and the move of Karstens to the 60-day disabled list creates space for his addition. That won’t impact the return of Karstens, since he wasn’t expected back before June 1st with a recent setback.

Otherwise, the moves come down to a swap of Morris and Tabata for Zagurski and Harrison. I’m not sure why the Pirates opted to go with Harrison over an outfielder. It seems that Travis Snider will be getting a lot of time in the outfield, unless the team opts to go with Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez in the same lineup against right-handers, which would be a mistake.

UPDATE 11:46 AM: Charlie brought up a good question about a potential out-clause with Zagurski playing a role in today’s move. I’ve confirmed that Zagurski had a June 1st out-clause, which played a part in his addition to the roster.

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I’m assuming Contreras is still on the roster so Hurdle has someone to go with him to Eat-N-Park for the senior buffet.


JMAC’s ERA is 40.50, and Morton has already given up 4 or 5 runs in 5 innings, 7 hits, more walks than K’s – Jeanmar Gomez has a job for at least 2 weeks because as soon as Pittsburgh returns for their home stand with the Giants and Dodgers in mid-June, I expect that Gerrit Cole will be staying at the Marriott across from PNC, and possibly get his first two MLB starts in front of the home folks.
Inge is hitting .136 over the last 10 games with 1 walk and 7K’s – Overall he has 2 walks and 18 K’s – this is where a Manager makes his money and it is time to quit trying to help an aging veteran. And Harrison, who got picked off 2B as the Tying run in the 8th – that bus goes West the same as it came East, and he needs to be on it! We have some kids who are playing hard and they do not need to be sharing time with Inge or Harrison.

Lee Young

no way Cole is up soon…still struggling with his command.


Yes, he has been inconsistent, but I do not think the Pirates will wait any longer. The no-hit innings the other day after a bad first inning played big. This is a nothing to lose and everything to gain proposition for a franchise that has waited 20 years.

Stephen Brooks

Atlanta is in need of a lefty after Venters and O’Flaherty were lost for he season. Not a bad time to see what Zags can do.

If Harrison and Inge are in the same lineup, I’m going to barf.


Marte scratched today, things are starting to take a turn for the worst!


Looks like Watson or Zagurski will be shopped over the next couple of weeks. Morris probably sent down because of Zagurski’s out clause that comes into play next week.

There are plenty of clubs having bullpen problems right now – CLE, BOS, and BAL to name a few. Huntingdon should be able to extract a good A-ball prospect for one of them.


It is quite possible, it is also possible they want to see what they have for the long haul.
After what JMac pulled today, he might be on the block also.

Lee Young

What could you get for JMac right now?


joe g.

Any idea why Morris was sent down?

Lee Young

Because he has options?



They are probably going to use Inge in right field, Hurdle loves the guy. Hurdle gets these man crushes once in a while.

Steve Zielinski

“…once in a while.” By once in a while do you mean nearly every day?


considering the other options were Presley or Pie, Harrison doesn’t seem like a bad choice at all.

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