The Pirates have demoted right-hander Kyle McPherson and catcher Nevin Ashley to minor league camp. The team must make three more cuts before the regular season.
Pirates pitcher Kyle McPherson (elbow) continues to throw off flat ground from 120 feet, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He hopes to throw off a mound in about two weeks.
Pirates starting pitcher Kyle McPherson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in July, is throwing from 120 feet, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. McPherson expects to start throwing fastballs off flat ground next week and hopes to be throwing off a mound by the start of spring training. "I'll treat this like a normal spring training," he said. "I'll take care of every bullpen (session) and every (simulated) game that I get. I'm going to treat it like I'm working my way back into the rotation, which in a way I am."
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates signed the following players to minor league contracts: first baseman Travis Ishikawa, starting pitcher Kyle McPherson and relievers Daniel Schlereth, Adam Wilk, Brandon Mann and Elvin Ramirez. Ishikawa, McPherson, Schlereth and Wilk received invites to spring training.
The Pirates designated pitching prospect Kyle McPherson for assignment Monday, removing him from the 40-man roster. McPherson made only two starts at Triple-A Indianapolis in 2013, as he developed elbow problems and ultimately had Tommy John surgery in July.
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