Pirates ink indy league pitcher


DENVER — The Pirates signed right-hander Travis Chick, 26, and assigned him to Triple-A Indianapolis. Chick, 26, went 5-4 with a 4.40 ERA this season for the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League. A 14th-round draft pick in 2002, Chick appeared in three games in 2006 for the Seattle Mariners and put up a 12.60 ERA.

»»» Right-hander Jose Acosta, who was pitching for the Pirates’ team in the Venezuelan Summer League, was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball. Acosta tested positive for the steroid Stanozolol. The Pirates signed Acosta, 18, in May. He made one appearance for the VSL Pirates and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

»»» State College right-hander Tyler Waldron was named short-season Class A New York-Penn League pitcher of the week. He threw 11 scoreless innings over two outings last week, stretching his shutout string to 14 innings. Waldron was the Pirates’ fifth-round draft pick this year out of Oregon State.

»»» West Virginia righty Phillip Irwin was named Low-A South Atlantic League pitcher of the week. He tossed seven no-hit innings Saturday against Hagerstown.

»»» Right-hander Bryan Morris, whose last start was skipped to give him extra rest, pitched last night for Double-A Altoona. In his previous three starts this month, Morris went 0-2 with a 9.95 ERA.

»»» Lefty Corey Hamman was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Utilityman Jose de los Santos was sent up to Altoona.

Lineups for tonight’s game:

Pirates (34-64) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Lastings Milledge rf, Ronny Cedeno ss, 8. Erk Kratz c, 9. Zach Duke (4-9, 5.22) lhp

Rockies (51-48) — TBA 9. Jorge De La Rosa (3-2, 5.65) lhp