Haley was designated for assignment on Saturday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Haley received the demotion as his performance with Triple-A Indianapolis has been abysmal this year. He's accumulated a 6.66 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over the span of 24.1 innings. The 25-year-old will likely head to Double-A Altoona where he'll look to improve upon his peripherals.
Haley, who did not make the Opening Day roster, was among the Pirates' final cuts this spring. The hard-throwing righty will attempt to earn a promotion to the big club from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Haley was rocked for three homers and six earned runs in two-thirds of an inning Friday. It was unlikely Haley cracked the bullpen prior to Friday and now it's even more unlikely he'll make the team. Look for the hard-throwing righty to open the season in Triple-A.
Haley has impressed Pittsburgh with his mid-90s fastball but probably won't crack the Opening Day roster, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. He's on the 40-man roster and has options remaining, so the Pirates will likely start him at Triple-A. Haley hasn't given up a run in five spring appearances covering five innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out four. He's walked 287 batters in 399.1 career minor-league innings, making improved control a requirement before he enters the scene in Pittsburgh.
Haley signed a one-year contract with the Pirates on Thursday. The 25-year-old Haley has spent his entire career in the Indians organization working primarily out of the bullpen in recent years. He posted a 2.45 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 32 walks in 55 innings last season across Double and Triple-A. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune he has been added to the Pirates' 40-man roster.
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