Pirates make cuts

Jameson Taillon

Top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon was among six players sent back to minor league camp. Taillon, the second overall draft pick in 2010, will begin the season with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Infielder Matt Hague and catcher Carlos Paulino also were reassigned to minor league camp. Right-hander Casey Sadler was optioned to Indianapolis. Infielder Alen Hanson and left-hander Joely Rodriguez were optioned to Double-A Altoona.

"It's never fun (to be cut), but I've got to go down and get innings," Taillon said. "It was fun to get some innings here. But, the reality of it is I've got to get built up and there's not enough innings to go around."

Taillon pitched a total of 2 2-3 innings in two Grapefruit League games. He had a 3.38 ERA, and allowed four hits and one walk. A blister on one of the fingers of his pitching hand kept him from making another appearance before being sent to the minors.

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