Both infielder Michael Martinez and first baseman Chris McGuiness have cleared waivers and they were both outrighted to AAA Indianapolis. The Pittsburgh Pirates designated both players for assignment within the last week while making room on 40-man roster for John Holdzkom and Chase d’Arnaud.

Martinez had multiple stints for the Pirates, hitting .128/.209/.154 in 39 at-bats over 25 games. McGuiness spent the entire year in Indianapolis, where he hit .264/.358/.412 and led all Pirates minor league players with 31 doubles.

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  1. Just suppose the Pirates are without Harrison for 5-7 days and Pedro may not be available, then what will we do for 3rd base for the next important week or so?

  2. Certainly Gift Ngoepe can provide at least as much offensive value as Martinez does, right? Is there any reason to fear we may see his name and “Pittsburgh Pirates” in the same sentence moving forward?

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