The Pittsburgh Pirates sent right-handed pitcher Rookie Davis outright to Indianapolis on Sunday, opening up a 40-man roster spot. Davis has been pitching an Indianapolis since returning from the 60-day injured list in early August.
The Pirates will be calling up players on Tuesday after the season ends at Indianapolis tomorrow afternoon. With the off-day for the big league club on Monday, there wasn’t a need to add anyone else today besides Clay Holmes, who was already with the team and ready to come off the injured list. This spot created by Davis clearing waivers will likely be filled by a third-string catcher, since almost every team carries three catchers in September. That logical choices would be Christian Kelley or Steven Baron, who split the catching duties this entire season for Indianapolis.
We could see more spots opened up before Tuesday, but for now, the active roster stands at 39.
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