Pittsburgh Pirates Transactions: April 17-23

Aug 22, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA: Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang (27) rounds the bases after hitting his second solo home run of the game against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 22, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA: Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang (27) rounds the bases after hitting his second solo home run of the game against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Every Sunday during the season we’ll bring you an update on any transactions that occur in the Pirates organization.   This can range from the major league team to the minors.  It will include call-ups, options, designated for assignments, trades, DL moves, etc. Here are the transactions from the past week:

It was a pretty quiet week overall for transactions in the organization, but the transactions that did occur were relatively high-profile. The biggest news comes from the beginning of the week with Jung Ho Kang beginning his rehab assignment in Indianapolis. Additionally, the struggling Pirates bullpen may get some relief as relievers Jared Hughes and Cory Luebke also began rehab assignments. This past week also saw the departure of Michael Morse from the organization. Morse had been released by the team after being Designated for Assignment last week. Finally, Jason Rogers and Cole Figueroa swapped places, with Rogers being promoted and Figueroa being sent down to the Minors. Rogers had been red-hot with Indianapolis, while Figueroa was 0 for 9.

Transaction Log for the week of April 17 – 23

4/18 – Pirates send 3B Jung Ho Kang to Indianapolis (AAA) to begin rehab assignment. Kang has been on the Disabled list since 4/3, retroactive to 3/25.

4/20 – Pirates send RHP Jared Hughes to Indianapolis (AAA) to begin rehab assignment. Hughes has been on the Disabled List since 4/3, retroactive to 3/25.

4/21 – Pirates send LHP Cory Luebke to Indianapolis (AAA) to begin rehab assignment. Luebke has been on the Disabled List since 4/14.

4/21 – Pirates release 1B Michael Morse. Morse had previously been Designated for Assignment on 4/13.

4/21 – RHP Jhondaniel Medina is assigned to Altoona (AA) from Indianapolis (AAA).

4/22 – Pirates optioned 2B Cole Figueroa to Indianapolis (AAA). He remains on the 40 man Roster.

4/22 – Pirates recalled 1B Jason Rogers from Indianapolis (AAA). He is now on the Active Roster

*Information courtesy of pirates.com and milb.com