-- Hmmmm, Freddy Sanchez and Jack Splat are both out of the lineup. An omen of things to come?
-- John Perrotto of Pirates Report has the rumor mill grinding away at full speed today.
-- Man, has anyone fallen further off the face of the earth than Jason Jaramillo? He hasn't played since July 7th, when Ryan Doumit returned. You'd think JR could sneak an at-bat or three in for JJ somewhere, if only as a ninth-inning pinch hitter.
-- The Pirates signed LHP Nathan Baker, 21, the club's fifth-round selection in the 2009 draft. Baker went 4-3 with one save and a 3.63 ERA in 20 appearances (seven starts) for the University of Mississippi this past year as a junior. That's number 18 so far, if you're counting.
No price tag was given as to his bonus; slot for the fifth round is in the $200K range.
-- Matt Payne was released today by the Pirates organization after hitting .129 in 10 games for the State College Spikes. The third baseman was a 34th round draft pick from NC State last year.