The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first roster cuts of the spring as they work their way down to a 26-man roster for Opening Day on April 1st. They optioned Oneil Cruz, Rodolfo Castro, Max Kranick, Nick Mears and Roansy Contreras, while reassigning ten players to minor league camp, including top prospects Quinn Priester, Nick Gonzales, Cody Bolton, Liover Peguero, Travis Swaggerty, Cal Mitchell and Mason Martin.
In addition, the following players have been reassigned to minor league camp:
— Pirates (@Pirates) March 16, 2021
MLB has a deadline for 40-man roster players to be sent down in order to avoid the Major League injured list if they were injured during Spring Training. If a player gets injured before and up to today, they could still be optioned to the minors. An injury that occurs tomorrow or later would require them to be placed on the MLB injured list if they weren’t optioned. You will likely see all 30 teams send 40-man roster players down today, unless they already made those cuts before today.
There are no surprises here obviously, as none of these players were competing for an Opening Day spot. The Pirates now have 56 players in big league camp, not including three players already on the 60-day injured list.