Pirates Release Nick Franklin

The Pittsburgh Pirates released infielder Nick Franklin on Friday. The 28-year-old, who has 301 games of Major League experience, was playing at Triple-A Indianapolis this season.

Franklin began the season on the injured list due to hamstring tightness, which was bothering him during Spring Training. After a few rehab games with Bradenton, he joined Indianapolis on April 23rd and hit .193/.289/.316 in 44 games. He was serving as a utility fielder, seeing time at five different positions. The Pirates signed him back on February 6th to a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp.