Pirates Option Cody Ponce, Del Pozo Sent to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates had some news over the weekend which wasn’t announced by the team. They sent right-handed pitcher Cody Ponce to the Alternate Training Site on Sunday. Miguel Del Pozo was also sent to Altoona after clearing waivers. Finally, the reported signing of pitcher Henderson Alvarez didn’t happen.

Ponce made his first two big league appearances this month. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) over 3.1 innings.

Del Pozo was designated for assignment on Thursday when Keone Kela was added to the active roster. Del Pozo allowed seven runs over 3.2 innings in his five appearances with the Pirates.

Henderson Alvarez was reportedly going to sign after receiving a physical this week, but he broke the news himself on Twitter that the Pirates decided to go in a different direction. No word on who that other signing might be or whether it was a roster limit situation, possibly a minor league player added to the alternate site.