The Pittsburgh Pirates have cut three more players from Major League camp, trimming the active Spring Training roster to 53 players. On Friday morning, they optioned pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas to Indianapolis and reassigned catcher Christian Kelley and outfielder Barrett Barnes to minor league camp. The Pirates sent down six players earlier in the week, including Nick Kingham, Clay Holmes and Kevin Newman.
Of the three players cut today, only Neverauskas had an outside chance of making the Opening Day roster and he would have needed some combination of injuries or trades for a spot to open up. He finished last year in Indianapolis, and along with Edgar Santana, he's at the top of the Pirates prospect list for relief pitchers. Neverauskas allowed two runs over four innings in five appea...
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