Among pitchers, Charlie Morton is one if he's able, Stolmy Pimentel, Casey Sadler and maybe Ernesto Frieri (although he has a 5.40 ERA at Indy with two homers surrendered in five frames) are on the 40-man and been in the show before Vin Mazzaro (4-3-4, 2.59) and Drew Oliver (3-3-13, 2.39) have tossed strong ball, but aren't on the 40-man and the Bucs have shown no inclination to add them so far this year, though both could work low leverage innings.
Outside shots: big righty John Holdzkom, who has K'ed 42 in 33-1/3 minor league frames, and Bobby LaFramboise, who has nothing going for him except for being a lefty and on the 40-man roster.
As for position guys, sure shots are Gregory Polanco, Tony Sanchez, Andrew Lambo and maybe Brent Morel/Mike Martinez. They're both on the 40-man and with Pedro at first, the Bucs may bring one (or maybe both) up just to occupy a seat. Jaff Decker is a long shot - the Bucs have a zillion outfielders.
We'd expect the Pirates to set the roster at 35 players as our over/under
- Charlie Morton is tossing tonight for Altoona to see if he can work through his herna
- Pedro isn't traveling uncharted ground - Steve Garvey of the Dodgers journeyed on the same career path 30 years ago, per Tom Singer of MLB.com..
- Buster Olney of ESPN has a piece on Cutch playing through the pain, but to get further than the lede you need to be a subscriber.
- The KC Royals have claimed IF Jayson Nix off waivers from the Bucs.
- Jon Heyman of Baseball Insider reported that the Brewers won the waiver claim on Justin Morneau, the current NL batting leader, but were unable to swing a deal with the Rox for him.
- West Virginia Power SS Jacoby Jones, the Pirates' third round pick in the 2013 draft, was selected to the outh Atlantic (SALLY) League post-season All-Star team. He hit .292 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI this season.
- Gonzo Buc outfielders - Houston 's (via Minnesota) Alex Presley (.252/.291.359 5 HR); Philly's Marlon Byrd (.271/.317/..468 - 24 HR) and the Indians' Chris Dickerson (>232/.318/.337 - 2HR).