Bucs release Nieve

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates issued a statement this afternoon saying that they have granted right-hander Fernando Nieve his unconditional release. No other information was given.

The announcement comes one day after the Pirates reassigned Nieve to Minor League camp. He had been invited to Spring Training as a non-roster player and was in the mix for a bullpen spot.

Nieve, who spent the last two years in the Mets’ organization, allowed eight earned runs and 17 hits in 7 1/3 spring innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

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