According to Blue Jays broadcaster Mike Wilner (via twitter), the Blue Jays have acquired Ryota Igarashi from the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash. Igarashi signed with the Bucs on a minor league deal back in December. He was cut yesterday after posting an 8.68 spring ERA. Igarashi will certainly start the season with the Jays AAA affiliate in Las Vegas.
Pirates GM Neal Huntington told Kristy Robinson of Pirates Prospects that Charlie Morton will be placed on the 15-day DL to start the season. The plan for Morton will be to extend his spring training and have him pitch a simulated game before joining the Pirates in Pittsburgh for Opening Day. Morton will then make a rehab start for AAA Indianapolis on April 9th and will be re-evaluated from there.
According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates made four cuts this morning. Those cuts include Jake Fox, Nick Evans, Eric Fryer, and Ryota Igarashi. All four have been re-assigned to minor league camp, and are likely to be with AAA Indianapolis. The cuts of Fox and Evans seem to indicate that Matt Hague will make the club, while the cut of Fryer assures that Michael McKenry will be the Pirates back up catcher.
According to Rob Biertempfel, x-rays came back negative on Yamaico Navarro’s left forearm. Navarro left yesterday’s game against the Phillies in Clearwater, after getting hit in the forearm by Kyle Kendrick. Good to hear that it’s nothing serious for Navarro and that he’ll only be day-to-day.
According to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, Josh Rodriguez has been released by the Bucs. Rodriguez was selected by the Pirates with the first pick in the 2010 Rule V Draft. After making the Pirates Opening Day roster last year, Rodriguez was just 1-for-12 with 1 RBI. He was sent back to the Cleveland Indians where he was originally from. The Pirates brought back Rodriguez in a trade for cash considerations in late June. He was sent to Altoona where he played in 57 games and hit .267, with a .321 OBP, and a .668 OPS. He was promoted to Indianapolis where he made only 13 at bats. He was not called up by the Pirates last September.
The Pirates made four cuts this morning as they continue to trim the roster down to 25. Those four cuts are Jo-Jo Reyes, Shairon Martis, Doug Slaten, and Jordy Mercer. None of these cuts are surprising. Reyes seemed to have the best shot to make the club as the long reliever out of the bullpen, but he struggled all spring and just couldn’t get anything going.
According to Clint Hurdle, Erik Bedard has been named the Pirates Opening Day starter. There was some speculation that it would be either Bedard, Kevin Correia, or Jeff Karstens, but Bedard ends up getting the nod and in all honesty was the right choice. This will be Bedard’s second Opening Day start. His first one came with the Baltimore Orioles in 2007.
According to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, the Bucs have released Calvin Anderson. The 6’7 first baseman, was selected by the Pirates in the 12th round of the 2008 draft, and is the son of former NFL defensive lineman Fred Anderson. In four seasons in the Pirates system, Anderson hit .266, with a .336 OBP, a .438 SLG, and a .774 OPS. Defensively, he posted just a .981 FLD% at first. Anderson just hasn’t been able to put up the huge power numbers and is a liability on defense. Plus, Matt Curry will be the first baseman for Altoona this year, so Anderson was going to get very limited at bats. If he can develop more power along the way, he could have the makings of a pretty good DH for someone.
According to Kristy Robinson, the Pirates have made four more cuts. Jeff Clement, Brandon Boggs, Daniel Cabrera, and Tim Wood have all been re-assigned to minor league camp. Clement, Cabrera, and Wood are headed to AAA, but Boggs doesn’t have to be sent to AAA since he has an opt-out clause.