Pirates release former 1st-round pick Moskos
PHILADELPHIA — The Pirates are hopeful that Rod Barajas won't need to go on the disabled list, but they called up Eric Fryer from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday to allow Barajas time to recover from a left knee bone bruise.
The Pirates made a fairly substantial 40-man roster move in order to do it, as well, designating left-handed reliever and former first-round pick Daniel Moskos for assignment. To add Fryer to the 25-man active roster, they optioned infielder Matt Hague to Triple-A Indianapolis.
“We're in a position now where every game matters, and I don't think it would be fair to Rod or to our club to try to carry one catcher through this period,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “If (Michael) McKenry would go down in the second inning, to ask Rod to go back in, all that does is help him work his way to the DL.
“This eliminates the burden of responsibility for a short period of time where Rod can focus on getting well and we have Eric available to catch. If it would go longer we could readjust, but this is the way we're going to attack it now.”
Barajas was hurt in the first inning Monday when Phillies second baseman Jimmy Rollins slid into home. Barajas said his knee felt better than he expected yesterday, but it stiffens if he stays still for too long. The plan was to take it easy yesterday, then see what he can and can't do today.
“Squatting's not bad,” said Barajas, 36. “It's just a matter of being explosive, jumping out of those positions, trying to block a ball or make a throw to second base where if I tried doing it right now it wouldn't feel too good.”
• Moskos, 26, was the fourth overall pick in 2007. He made his major league debut with the Pirates last year and went 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 31 games. He was 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 games this season.
• To add Drew Sutton to the 25-man roster, the Pirates optioned reliever Doug Slaten to Triple-A Indianapolis. Sutton was claimed Sunday after Tampa designated him for assignment and joined the team yesterday after a brief trip home to Dallas to be with his pregnant wife.
• Andrew McCutchen was up to No. 7 among National League outfielders in fan voting for the All-Star Game in the latest numbers released yesterday. He trailed leader Matt Kemp of Los Angeles by 2,432,981 votes. Online balloting closes at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, and All-Stars will be announced at 1 p.m. Sunday.
— Karen Price
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