| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pirates demote Meek, complete opening day roster

Pirates/MLB Videos

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Pirates podcasts

  • Loading...
Friday, April 3, 2009

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates this morning finalized their opening day roster by choosing reliever Jesse Chavez over Evan Meek.

Meek was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

This spring, Meek, 25, put up better stats than Chavez. However, Meek has not pitched in two weeks since being sidelined by a sore shoulder, flu-like symptoms and bronchitis.

"Ultimately, logic won out over emotion," general manager Neal Huntington said. "Even threw the ball very well — good velocity, good stuff, good command — and he'd gotten good results. That was tough to walk away from.

"But he hasn't gone back-to-back (outings) yet and hadn't gone multiple innings yet. He hasn't really faced (a tough) lineup yet. Jesse has."

Chavez, 25, had a 11.45 ERA in 13 appearances this spring. In 11 innings, he allowed 18 hits and seven walks and struck out 15.

"The key for me now is, don't rush," Chavez said. "Stay nice and calm and relaxed."

Chavez pitched in 15 games for the Pirates last season, and went 0-1 with a 6.60 ERA.

Meek, a Rule 5 pick last year, pitched in seven games this spring and had a 3.48 ERA. He was clearly stunned by the decision.

"This is brutal on my end," Meek said. "Ever since they sent me down last year, I've been doing what I did this spring — at Double-A, Triple-A, Mexican (Winter) League. In my opinion, I was one of the best guys here at the start of spring, but that doesn't matter."

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. NFL notebook: Seahawks activate cornerback Lane
  2. Michigan State humbles Penn State in finale
  3. Central Catholic wins 5th WPIAL football title
  4. Offense continues to click as Panthers hold off Kent State, 85-76
  5. Penguins’ Johnston agrees with Dubinsky suspension
  6. New scenery for 1st-year Riverview boys basketball coach Sapotichne
  7. Testing of Tut’s tomb hints at hidden chamber
  8. Penn State women’s soccer team tops WVU, advances to College Cup
  9. South Fayette VFW sending care packages overseas
  10. Clairton captures 12th WPIAL football championship
  11. Exhibits celebrate Pittsburgh artist Haskell’s works