Pirates to recall 10 players today
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The Pirates will have 10 new faces by the time they report to Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park this afternoon.
The team, for its September roster expansion, will recall pitchers Ross Ohlendorf, T.J. Beam, Craig Hansen, Romulo Sanchez and Marino Salas; infielders Brian Bixler and Luis Cruz; outfielder Steve Pearce; and catchers Ronny Paulino and Robinzon Diaz. All are coming from Class AAA Indianapolis, which ended its season yesterday.
A spot on the full 40-man roster must be cleared for Cruz. That, as with the other moves, will be formally announced today.
Ohlendorf will be part of the six-man rotation for the month, and the rest of the pitchers will go to the bullpen. All of the new position players are expected to be reserves.
All recalls except Ohlendorf and Diaz, recently acquired in trades, have spent previous time with the Pirates this season. Most notable in that group is Paulino, the everyday catcher for two years until falling into disfavor and being demoted in June. He batted .306 with four home runs in 30 games for Indianapolis, also missing six weeks to a sprained ankle.
The most notable omission was pitcher John Van Benschoten, sent back to Indianapolis in late July and converted to relief. He had a 5.09 ERA in nine appearances, but most of that damage came in the first three.
First Published September 2, 2008 12:00 am