|Veteran lefty Erik Bedard has thrown his last pitch for the 2012 Pirates. (Getty Images)|
The struggling Pirates have released left-hander Erik Bedard.
The 33-year-old veteran has a 5.01 ERA in 124 2/3 innings pitched this season. He has also been trending downward since June and has logged a 5.49 ERA in the second half. Bedard will be owed the balance of his $4.5 million contract for this season.