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Pirates Option Clay Holmes and Michael Feliz to Indianapolis

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The Pittsburgh Pirates cut their active Spring Training roster down to 36 players on Thursday morning by optioning right-handed pitchers Clay Holmes and Michael Feliz to Indianapolis.

Holmes won yesterday’s game against the Twins with a scoreless inning of relief work. He put up a 3.60 ERA this spring over ten innings and seven appearances. He held batters to a .162 average, but walked six batters, while picking up nine strikeouts.

Feliz had a 6.00 ERA this spring in 12 innings over eight appearances. He allowed two runs yesterday. He has a 9:3 SO/BB ratio, with batters hitting .271 against him.

Neither player was expected to make the Opening Day roster, but we could see both during the season. The Pirates still need to make nine more cuts before Opening Day, which is a week from today. Three of those cuts will be placing Edgar Santana, Gregory Polanco and Elias Diaz on the injured list. The others will be bench and bullpen decisions.

Our Spring Training Tracker has been updated.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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