Pirates Sign Pitcher Frank Herrmann, Bristol Player Retires

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 31-year-old right-handed pitcher Frank Herrmann and assigned him to the Indianapolis Indians. To make room on the roster, Jeremy Bleich has been placed on the temporary inactive list, retroactive to Saturday due to personal reasons.

Herrmann has 95 games worth of Major League experience, last playing for the Cleveland Indians in 2012. He has a 4.26 ERA in 120.1 innings, spread out over three seasons, all with the Indians. He was playing for Salt Lake City of the Pacific Coast League this year, where he had a 4.05 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. Herrmann last pitched on August 3rd.

Also in the organization, Bristol infielder Jose Salazar retired. The 21-year-old has been in the system since 2011, spending one year in Venezuela, two the in DSL and two years with Bristol. He was hitting .230/.278/.243 in 20 games this season and his playing time had diminished recently.