Hinske traded; Jones called up from Indy


The Pirates today traded ultilityman Eric Hinske to the New York Yankees in exchange for two minor leaguers.

Neither player the Pirates acquired — catcher/outfielder Eric Fryer and right-hander Casey Erickson — was considered a significant prospect in the Yankees’ farm system.

Fryer, 23, hit .250 with 11 doubles, two homers and 24 RBI in 59 games with Class A Tampa. He will be assigned to Class A Lynchburg.

Ericson, 23, went 3-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 21 games (three starts) for Class A Charleston. He will be assigned to Class A West Virginia.

Outfielder Garrett Jones was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Hinske, and is expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

The Pirates signed Hinske as a free agent this past offseason to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.

Jones, 28, signed with the Pirates in December as a minor league free agent after spending seven years in the Twins organization. At Triple-A Indianapolis, he batted .307 with 12 homers and 48 RBI in 72 games.