Altoona’s roster in flux


WASHINGTON — Changes are coming to the Double-A Altoona roster, as Pirates management is unhappy with the performance of several players.

Yesterday, outfielder Brad Corley was taken off the Curve’s active roster and reassigned to short-season Class A State College. The move is merely a formality, though: The Pirates are working to trade Corley.

Corley, 25, was the Pirates’ second-round draft pick in 2005. In 21 games with Altoona, Corley hit .221 with four homers and 21 RBI.

The Curve is 12-24 and has lost two in a row. Corley’s departure is part of a larger shakeup. In the past couple of days, two players acquired via trades — righty Randy Newsom and outfielder Jeff Corsaletti — have been added to Altoona’s roster.

Among the players who are struggling are outfielder Jason Delaney (12th round, 2005), who’s batting .198; Jeff Sues (fifth round, 2005), who’s on the 40-man roster and has a 5.18 ERA in 11 relief outings; and Dan Moskos (first round, 2007), who has a 4.41 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in seven games (six starts).

“We’re sorting through some options and have had a number of players there not perform — last year or this year,” farm director Kyle Stark said. “I imagine we’ll have resolution (with Corley) sooner rather than later.”

• Brad “Big County” Eldred hit a solo homer Monday night off Daniel McCutchen to help Syracuse beat Triple-A Indianapolis, 4-2. Eldred played for the Pirates in 2005 and ’07. Indy third baseman Neil Walker went 2 for 4 with two RBI. In a two-game stretch, Walker has driven in all five of Indy’s runs.