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Day 20: Pirates @ Phillies; first round of cuts

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates had their first cuts on Saturday morning, though none of the moves were all that surprising. Tony Sanchez, Eric Fryer, Donnie Veal and Cesar Valdez have all been reassigned to Minor League camp. None were expected to start the season in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates have not designated where each of the four will begin the season, though Sanchez is expected to be Double-A Altoona’s starting catcher.

“He used his eyes very well. He used his ears very well while he was here,” manager Clint Hurdle said of Sanchez’s time in big league camp. “That was as important as anything for me. He’s got an infectious smile. There is nothing  you can’t like about the kid.”

Veal will continue to work through his rehab program, and I imagine he will stay in Bradenton to keep throwing in extended Spring Training. Valdez is likely headed to Triple-A Indianapolis.

As for your other morning news bits…

  • As promised Hurdle is shuffling around the lineup. He’s got Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata batting one-two on Saturday, just as the pair did for most of the second half of 2010. Pedro Alvarez is slotted into the third spot, while Neil Walker is batting fifth.
  • Ronny Cedeno remains out with a bruised right middle finger. He didn’t swing a bat yesterday, but Cedeno did field groundballs without any issue, he said.
  • The following Pirates pitchers are scheduled to throw in Sunday’s game: James McDonald, Joel Hanrahan, Chris Resop, Aaron Thompson, Daniel McCutchen, Justin Wilson, Jeff Locke, Justin Thomas
  • If you opt not to tune in to the pirates.com webcast of today’s game, go root on my Mizzou Tigers at noon. The Tigers have kU at home today in the big rivalry game, which is going to be televised on CBS. Mizzou hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations this season, but a victory over the Jayhawks can erase some of the sting of a less-than-stellar year.

Lineups:

PIRATES: A. McCutchen (CF), J. Tabata (LF), P. Alvarez (3B), L. Overbay (1B), N. Walker (2B), G. Jones (DH), R. Doumit (C), J. Bowker (RF), C. d’Arnaud (SS)

Pitchers: P. Maholm, J. Karstens, T. Watson, S. Gallagher, C. Leroux, R. Owens

PHILLIES: J. Rollins (SS), S. Victorino (CF), R. Ibanez (LF), R. Howard (1B), P. Polanco (3B), B. Francisco (DH), D. Brown (RF), D. Young (2B), B. Schneider (C)

Pitchers: R. Halladay, J.C. Ramirez, B. Lidge, J. Contreras, R. Madson

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Pirates trade Hinske to Yankees; Garrett Jones to be promoted

The Pirates have dealt infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske to the Yankees for Minor League outfielder/catcher Eric Fryer and right-hander Casey Erickson. Both are at the Single-A level.

Outfielder/first baseman Garrett Jones will take Hinske’s spot on the 25-man roster and will be in Pittsburgh for Tuesday’s game.

The Yankees also receive cash considerations from the Pirates in addition to Hinske.

Hinske, who was making $1.5 million this season, signed as a free agent with the Pirates this offseason and provided depth at the corner infield and right field positions. Though he made only 23 starts, Hinske was a primary piece off the bench, though he didn’t provide as much power as had been expected. Overall, he hit .255 with one homer and 11 RBIs in 106 at-bats.

Jones has been deserving of a promotion for what he’s done in Indianapolis so far this season, and over the last few days, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington had suggested that he could very well be the next player promoted.

Jones, 28, appeared in 31 games with the Twins back in 2007, but has not been back to the Majors since. After signing with the Pirates as a Minor League free agent and impressing management during Spring Training, Jones went on to hit .307 with 18 doubles, 12 homers and 48 RBIs in 72 games with Triple-A Indianapolis this year. He also had 14 stolen bases.

Jones would be an option at first base or in the outfield, very similar to the role that Steve Pearce has currently, but as a left-handed hitting option.

As for the players the Pirates received in return…

Erickson, 23, was 3-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 21 games (three starts) at the low Single-A level this season. He had 37 strikeouts and 13 walks in 44 innings. Erickson, a 10th-round Draft pick in 2006, has been assigned to low Single-A West Virginia.

Fryer, 23, has been playing with the Yankees’ high Single-A Tampa affiliate, where he made 55 appearances in left, five behind the plate and one in right this season. In 59 games, he’s hit .250 with 11 doubles, two home runs, 24 RBIs and 34 runs scored. Fryer was a 10th-round Draft selection by Milwaukee in 2007. He has been assigned to high Single-A Lynchburg.

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