Pirates promote Osoria, send down Bayliss
Saturday, August 04, 2007
By Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pirates today purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Franquelis Osoria from Class AAA Indianapolis and, to clear roster space, optioned Jonah Bayliss back to Indianapolis.
Osoria, 26, was Indianapolis' closer most of the season, producing 11 saves, a 2.63 ERA, 33 strikeouts and 19 walks in 39 appearances. Manager Jim Tracy, who had Osoria in his bullpen while with the Los Angeles Dodgers, called him "a real sinker-baller, very heavy."
That still leaves the Pirates with a 13-man pitching staff, one more than usual, and Tracy did not rule out that they could keep it that way for another week. The bench is now down to four players, and one of those, outfielder Xavier Nady, will not return to the starting lineup until Tuesday at the earliest because of a strained hamstring.
Earlier today, the Pirates assigned reliever Danny Moskos, their first-round draft pick in June, to short-season Class A State College. He had two scoreless outings in his professional debut with Bradenton of the Gulf Coast League.