In addition to Van Benschoten, who struggled at the major league level again this past season, right-handers Yoslan Herrera
, Marino Salas
and Ronald Belisario
were outrighted to Indianapolis. Only Belisario did not pitch for the Pirates in 2008.
The moves leave the Pirates with 36 players on their 40-man roster. At some point, the Pirates will have to add back pitchers Tom Gorzelanny and Phil Dumatrait, who currently are on the 60-day disabled list.
The Pirates outrighted four pitchers, including 2001 top draft pick John Van Benschoten, to Class AAA Indianapolis, and removed them from the team's 40-man roster.
Four hurlers assigned to Triple - A Indianapolis.