Friday, March 22, 2013

Former Marauder Morris on list of latest cuts

Three more players were cut from Pirates major-league camp Friday including pitcher Bryan Morris, who has been assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Morris, who turns 26 on Thursday, started the high Single-A Bradenton Marauders' inaugural game in 2010 and was the first Marauder to get promoted to Double-A Altoona later that year.
Morris, who had an extra option which prevented other teams from claiming him, posted a 5.14 ERA in seven games this spring.
"There's very little doubt he's going to help us again this spring, summer," said Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. "But it allows us to go down and refine some of the things, get him to use all of his pitches, get him to stay within himself, because when he does that, he's going to a good major-league pitcher for a very long time."
A first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006, Morris came to the Pirates during the summer of 2008 in a three-team trade that also included the Boston Red Sox. Morris made his big-league debut last year, appearing in five games and tallying a 1.80 ERA.
Infielders Ivan DeJesus Jr. and Jared Goedert were also reassigned Friday, leaving 37 players in big-league camp.
The Pirates open the regular season 1:35 p.m. Monday, April 1, at home against the Chicago Cubs.

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