The Pirates sent John Van Benschoten to minor league camp today. Apparently, he would have been included in yesterday’s wave of cuts if not for a blister on his finger. The team wanted to make sure he was healthy before demoting him. This move leaves 39 players in Major League camp.
The Bucs will take on the Reds at 1:05 today. Paul Maholm will make the start against former Pirate Josh Fogg. Jonah Bayliss, Casey Fossum and Masumi Kuwata, all long shots to make the Pirates’ bullpen, will also see the mound.