Hughes in, because hurt Leroux way out
The Pirates have finalized their 25-man roster, and it became a no-brainer, thanks to an ill-timed injury suffered by Chris Leroux during his outing in Tuesday night’s final exhibition
Leroux suffered a strain to his pectoral muscle while pitching an inning against the Phillies, forcing his placement on the 60-day DL. That opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Juan Cruz, who won a bullpen job as a non-roster invitee, and on the 25-man for Jared Hughes.
Thus also making the club are all three of the men who went down the wire ostensibly fighting for two spots — Josh Harrison, Yamaico Navarro and Matt Hague.
To complete their pre-Opener homework, the Pirates also formally placed A.J. Burnett on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 26, and Charlie Morton on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 29. That makes Morton eligible to be activated on April 13; the Bucs’ first need for a No. 5 starter comes up April 15.