-- The Pirates DFA'ed Brain Bass. He's out of options, so he's fair game for anybody else's roster. Brian Burres will be the fifth starter and Jeff Karstens will be the long man for the time being.
-- Brendan Donnelly and his strained oblique are eligible to come off the DL Friday, but he won’t be activated until at least May 19th, when the Pirates start their next home stand.
The holdup is likely due to the combination of being careful with a oblique and the sudden log jam of pitchers in Pittsburgh.
-- GW failed to mention that Chris Jakubauskas has been shut down from baseball activities again after suffering from some minor dizziness on Friday. He's supposed to see the doc again today.
-- Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette had a "Notebook" piece on Neil Walker today, featuring some management grumbles about attitude after he failed to run out a pop-up. GW isn't a fan of the brass taking players to task in the media, but then again, they should play the game right.
-- The Pirates have lost seventeen times; twelve have been by a six run margin or greater. They've won fourteen; nine have been by one or two runs.
-- The Pirates signed a pair of young Latino players after their appearance in the Dominican Prospect League All-Star game. They are Isaac Sanchez, 17, a RHP with control who features a nasty curveball, a fastball clocked at 89-92 mph, and a change-up.
The other is Miguel DeAza, 17, a left-handed outfielder who has good speed, a good arm, and is a contact hitter who the scouts hope fills out to become a power guy.
Sanchez signed for $180,000 and DeAza for $150,000 respectively, typical signing bonuses for players selected in the 7th-10th rounds of the draft.