BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates removed 11 players from major league spring training this morning, Jameson Taillon and Jerry Sands among them.
The team optioned Sands, right-handers Vic Black, Stolmy Pimentel, Hunter Strickland and Duke Welker to Class AAA Indianapolis, along with first baseman Clint Robinson.
They also re-assigned Taillon, right-hander Erik Cordier, infielders Matt Hague and Anderson Hernandez, and outfielder Darren Ford to minor league camp.
The Pirates now have 51 players in major league camp.
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