According to the transactions page on the Pittsburgh Pirates website, they officially announced the signing of catcher Andrew Knapp, and pitcher Adonis Medina was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Medina was scheduled to start Wednesday’s game in Indianapolis before it got rained out.
Jason Mackey broke the news of the Knapp signing yesterday. He has spent the last five seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, but he was let go and failed to earn a spot with the Cincinnati Reds this spring. Medina was his teammate last year on the Phillies. He was let go via waivers and competed for a spot this spring. As mentioned, he was scheduled to start for Indianapolis, so if he clears waivers, expect him to take that role when he returns.
The Pirates will still need to make a move to add outfielder Jake Marisnick before the season opener at 4:15 PM on Thursday. Greg Allen is expected to go on the injured list, but a decision has yet to be made whether it is the 10-day or 60-day list.
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