The Pirates designated Stokes for assignment Sunday, Kevin Gorman of reports.

Two of the four prospects (Miguel Yajure and Roansy Contreras) the Pirates received in Sunday's trade that sent Jameson Taillon to the Yankees required placement on the 40-man roster, so Stokes was forced to cede his spot as a result. Stokes will now be exposed to waivers for the second time this month after the Pirates previously claimed him from the Tigers on Jan. 12.

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