The Pittsburgh Pirates activated pitcher Ryan Vogelsong from the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. To make room on the 40-man roster, they have unconditionally released pitcher Wilfredo Boscan. To make room on the 25-man roster, infielder Max Moroff was optioned back to Indianapolis.

Vogelsong is scheduled to start tonight’s game, his first game back since being hit in the eye during his start on May 23rd. He made four rehab outings, split between Indianapolis and Altoona. In his last start eight days ago, Vogelsong allowed two runs over seven innings.

Boscan was on the Indianapolis disabled list due to a strained oblique, which wasn’t thought to be serious at the time. He had a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings over six appearances for the Pirates, including one start. In Indianapolis, the 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.75 ERA in 84 innings.

Moroff only saw two pinch-hit appearances during his time in Pittsburgh, striking out both times.


  1. This is equally disappointing news! This was the part where the fanbase was rooting for Lockes unconditional release. This week keeps getting worse.

  2. Demoralized by the ineptitude of the FO, looks like players have quit in Atlanta. They’ve been completely outplayed and should have been swept….

  3. After watching this, I can now say this team has some deep
    dark problems. Something really bad is going on in the dugout
    and lockerroom. This may be where we miss AJ the most.
    He would not have put up with this crap. If the coaches are
    not going to upset the buffet table, he probably would.

    • Management dropped a turd on this team and they understand it. I was at that game tonight and anyone who thinks Rivero is helping this team this year is fooling themselves. Bastardo is who we thought he was, a bad lefty the Mets couldn’t wait to trade. I would have rather had Niece for two months and then kicked him to the curb and save the 6.5 million we are obligated to pay that stiff Bastardo next year. The stupid shifts we are playing are starting to be exploited. I don’t mind it on dead pull hitters but shifting on guys like Encarte is idiotic as well as having your 3B in the SS position thus allowing a guy to steal third. It was an error but it was going to take a perfect play that likely has never been practiced to get him.

    • he has pitched more than 2 games, who cares that he had two starts. It doesn’t require 13 starts to know that he sucks, you can see this

      • Betcha if he gets 10 starts he does better than Niese or Locke did – and probably Kuhl.

        Vogelsong is on record that he likes the routine of starting and hates being in the pen.

        I’ll be rooting for him and hope he does really well.

        • im a pirates fan so i’d like to see him pitch well enough for us to win, sadly….he is old and also not very good. I’m sure Ichiro would like the routine of starting everyday too, but hes old, and not as good as other options……you lose the ability to dictate as your skills erode, and Vogelsong was only good for about two years as it is.

    • It’s not Vogelsong, it’s just him being in the rotation at his age sums up the organization. Most teams, in this spot, would bring up a young starter like Brault or Williams, to see what they have and plan for next season. The Pirates choose to give those valuable starting opportunities to a 38 year old on a one year contract. Just genius.

  4. I’m a numb skull as to how the system works anymore, but will they try to resign Boscan if he clears waivers?

  5. The fact Locke and Vogelsong are making back-to-back starts is simply pathetic and inexcusable at this point

  6. Good. Moroff needs to get back to Indy and get some reps. In the middle of a slump wasn’t the best time to call him up…but that’s like the 7th most wrong thing they did this week so….

    • It was on the list of head scratchers. They called up Kuhl out of need when he wasn’t doing well but they needed a start. Moroff was an odd move.

        • I am really starting to think the reason bell is at aaa is service time. If they keep him there until september and keep him at aaa for about first 6 weeks at the start of next year they will get an extra year of control

          • Why waste an option on Bell? We all know he won’t be back until Sept. 1st unless something crazy happens. They brought up Max to give him a taste. The work & the results he’s had this yeah earned him that. It was pretty obvious whoever they called up at that time was just holding a roster spot until today for this move for Volgelsong.

            • It wouldn’t have wasted an option, you can recall him as many times as you want during the year. I believe you get three option years once a player is added to the 40 man roster

              • Good point. Wasn’t thinking that all the way through. I always forget how that works exactly.

                Still don’t think we’ll see him until after Sept. 1st though.

          • I hope you’re wrong about that, I would be very unhappy to have to wait until after the Super 2 deadline next year before we see Bell. But I just cannot understand why he is not up now. Prior to the trade deadline I told myself that the Bucs were trying to trade Jaso which was why they didn’t bring up Bell. But now it is August 4 and still no Bell. Since it looks like it will be difficult to make the playoffs this season, why not bring up Bell and the young pitchers and give them some experience?

      • I thought Harrison was being traded (on the block)when the move was made.
        If you are dumping contracts he had to be in the conversation.

        • Harrison deal still could happen. 19 guaranteed next two years makes him low hanging fruit with the emergence of Frazier. If the “financial flexibility” thing is true they could have the flexibility to spend even less in 17 and 18.

    • You missed the memo:

      Despite complaints, the Pirates might have upgraded for 2016 and 2017
      Please get with the program or find another outlet

    • The team looks like it’s being run like a Chinese fire drill….it’s Neal’s amateur hour…..there has been a better baseball man than him that could run this team….he’s making Syd Thrift look competent by comparison…

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