Rogers was released by the Pirates on Friday. Rogers requested the release so he could sign with a professional team in Japan, but leaves after two relatively productive seasons with Triple-A Indianapolis. Despite his .289 batting average and nine home runs this season, the 29-year-old was mainly bound to serve as organizational depth behind rising first baseman Josh Bell, catalyzing his request for a release. Rogers went 2-for-25 with nine strikeouts for the Pirates last year, his last appearance in the majors.
Rogers is 1-for-4 across three spring games since returning from an ankle injury. It appears Rogers is feeling better, as the 29-year-old has now played in three straight games after missing the majority of March with an ankle injury. He's expected to start the year at Triple-A Indianapolis, and given Pittsburgh's depth ahead of him at first base, it will be difficult for Rogers to earn big league playing time this season.
Rogers (ankle) has been cleared for all baseball activities except running, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Good news on the rehab front regarding Rogers, who is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Indianapolis. The first baseman will face an uphill challenge to see major league playing time this season, as the Pirates boast solid depth at the position.
Rogers has right ankle discomfort after injuring his foot before Wednesday's game, BIll Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. He is currently in a walking boot and will be re-evaluated in a week. The Triple-A Indianapolis asset is around camp as depth, but is trying to prove he should at least be on the shuttle to the majors this year. Rogers will probably miss at least a few days in his quest to do so.
Rogers was designated for assignment Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. The Pirates will give Rogers' spot on the 40-man roster to Nefi Ogando, who was claimed off waivers Friday. Rogers struggled in his brief stint with the Pirates in 2016, collecting just two hits with nine strikeouts in 25 at-bats. He'll now be subject to waivers and could land with a team looking to add organizational depth at either corner infield spot.