The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Michael Feliz has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and Alex McRae was added to the 40-man roster and called up from the Indianapolis Indians. To make room on the 25-man roster, both Josh Smoker and Dovydas Neverauskas were optioned to Indianapolis.

The Pirates placed Feliz on the disabled list on June 24th with right shoulder inflammation. He was scheduled to throw a sim game today, but the Pirates decided that he was ready to rejoin the team after his bullpen earlier this week.

We broke the news earlier about McRae coming up and mentioned that he was scheduled to start today in Indianapolis, so he gives the Pirates an arm they hope they don't need, but also one who can throw 100 pitches if necessary. Both Smoker and Neverauskas threw...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.