SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Pirates removed minor-league infielder Javier Guzman from their 40-man roster in a clear sign they are on the verge of adding other players.
Guzman, 24, cleared waivers, was re-signed and likely will be assigned to Class AA Altoona. He batted .268 with the Curve last season, with 23 doubles and seven home runs.
His removal leaves two openings on the 40-man roster, which could be filled by reliever Dan Kolb, outfielder Luis Matos, utilityman Jose Hernandez or others.
Also this morning, the team announced that reliever Masumi Kuwata, whose right ankle was severely sprained Monday, will rehabilitate for 4-6 weeks in Bradenton, participate in extended spring training, then pitch for Class AAA Indianapolis.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.