Pirates infielder Pedro Ciriaco was optioned to Class AAA Indianapolis this afternoon. In turn, Rule 5 pick Josh Rodriguez has made the club as the backup middle infielder.
Also, general manager Neal Huntington said that a disabled list stint for catcher Chris Snyder to begin the season is "very probable." Thus, this opens the door for outfielder John Bowker to make the team out of camp as the team, most likely, will carry two catchers on the opening day roster -- Ryan Doumit and Jason Jaramillo.
Had Snyder been healthy, there was a chance the club would have carried three catchers, making it unlikely Bowker would have made the 25-man roster.