The Pirates passed along injury progress reports on a number of players:
- RHP Jose Ascanio pitched one inning in an intrasquad game on Tuesday
- LHP Joe Beimel pitched one inning in an intrasquad game on Tuesday
- RHP Brad Lincoln pitched three innings in an intrasquad game on Tuesday
- LHP Scott Olsen threw a bullpen session on Tuesday
- C Chris Snyder caught five innings and had three at-bats in an intrasquad game on Tuesday
Also, the Pirates announced on Tuesday night that the club had sign LHP Dan Meyer and RHP Tim Wood to Minor League deals. Both have been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Keep an eye on Meyer, as he could be a decent left-handed option if Garrett Olson does not work out for the club.
The Pirates have also released Craig Hansen, who made five appearances in 2009 before a nerve issue in his back/neck shut him down. Hansen has not appeared in a Major League game since. He was one of four players the club acquired in the Jason Bay deal in July 2008. Two of those four players — Brandon Moss and Andy LaRoche — had already been let go.
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