Pirates' Hurdle says releasing Moskos the right move
PHILADELPHIA — The decision to designate former first-round pick Daniel Moskos for assignment Tuesday was a difficult but correct one, manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday.
“It may be an appropriate time to bring closure to it and move on,” Hurdle said. “He's given it everything he's got and he hasn't gotten to the point in our organization that he'd like to be. Again, at the end of the day, I know he gave it everything he had. Sometimes things just don't work out, and they'll get an opportunity now to maybe work out for him somewhere else.”
Moskos, who was designated to make room for utility infielder Drew Sutton on the 40-man roster, was the No. 4 overall pick in 2007. That draft predated current general manager Neal Huntington, but fans still bemoan the team selecting the left-handed starter (now a reliever) over catcher Matt Wieters, drafted No. 5 by the Baltimore Orioles. Moskos made his major league debut for the Pirates last year and went 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 31 games (241⁄3 innings). He was among the final players cut from major league camp this year.
• The Pirates claimed infielder/outfielder Oscar Tejeda off waivers from Boston yesterday and assigned him to Double-A Altoona. Tejeda, 22, batted .262 with 15 doubles, five home runs and 31 RBI in 51 games with Double-A Portland this year. Baseball America ranked him the Red Sox' No. 24 overall prospect entering the season. Hurdle has not seen Tejeda play. “There was a lot of internal discussion on the young player,” he said. “This is one of those situations where you rely heavily upon your scouting department, people who have seen him play, on where he fits, projects. It was a worthy acquisition, and we'll see where it ends up.”
• To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated Doug Slaten, optioned to Triple-A the day before, for assignment.
• Gerrit Cole suffered a jaw contusion after being hit with a line drive in his Double-A start Tuesday, but a CT scan was negative for broken bones and there was no evidence of a concussion, according to the Pirates.
• Catcher Rod Barajas said he was feeling a little better yesterday and planned to move around more than he did Tuesday to see how his bruised knee responded. Hurdle was unsure before the game if Barajas would be available to pinch hit, if needed.
— Karen Price
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Starkey: Bucs still battlin’
- Pirates notebook: McCutchen returns to starting lineup; Alvarez out
- Pirates down Cardinals, inch closer in wild-card chase
- Pirates send Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis; Tabata, Barmes return
- Biertempfel: Bucs must balance playing hurt or sitting out
- Wednesday’s scouting report: Cardinals at Pirates
- Pirates top Cardinals, 5-2, on Davis’ homer; Alvarez, McCutchen hurt
- Pirates notebook: Barmes back, gets start at SS
- Friday’s scouting report: Pirates at Brewers
- Cardinals clip Liriano, Pirates in series opener