Rodriguez makes roster; Ciriaco optioned
The Pirates informed Pedro Ciriaco that he will begin the season in Triple-A Indianapolis. With Ciriaco out, the club is giving infielder Josh Rodriguez — the team’s Rule 5 pick — the chance to begin the year on the Major League club as the team’s backup middle infielder.
Ciriaco will bounce around as a super utility guy in the Minors, getting time at second, third, short and center field. Rodriguez can play three infield spots for the Pirates, and his bat did come to life as Spring Training went on.
GM Neal Huntington is 2-for-3 in keeping Rule 5 guys, with Evan Meek (via a trade) and Donnie Veal sticking. Last year, outfielder John Raynor lasted about a month before he was offered back.
Factoring into this decision is Rodriguez’s status as a Rule 5 guy. He would have to have been offered back to Cleveland had he not made the 25-man roster, and the Pirates believed Cleveland would take him back.
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