After claiming catcher Michael Perez off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Pittsburgh Pirates made a large group of moves on Friday afternoon. Kevin Kramer, Jason Martin, Luke Maile and Yacksel Rios were all activated from the injured list and sent outright to Indianapolis after clearing waivers. Catcher John Ryan Murphy also cleared waivers and was sent outright to Indianapolis. The Pirates lost pitchers Nick Tropeano and Brandon Waddell off waivers, with Tropeano going to the New York Mets and Waddell going to the Minnesota Twins.
The group of injured players spent very little time with the Pirates this year. Maile and Kramer were on the injured list all year, while Martin had just 11 plate appearances in seven games and Rios pitched four innings over three outings before he was placed on the IL.
Murphy was the backup catcher all season, hitting .172/.226/.207 in 25 games, with a 0.2 dWAR.
The 26-year-old Waddell spent just over three weeks with the Pirates, though he only appeared in two games, throwing a total of 3.1 innings. That was his first stint in the majors.
The 30-year-old Tropeano was acquired off waivers from the New York Yankees on August 11th and pitched seven times for the Pirates, posting a 1.15 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 15.2 innings.