Pirates' patience runs out on Snell

Updated: June 25, 2009, 4:23 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Ian Snell, the Pittsburgh Pirates' No. 2 starter, has been demoted to the minors after winning only once in his past 12 starts.

The former 14-game winner was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday to work on throwing more first-pitch strikes and improving his breaking ball.

The Pirates did not say who would make Snell's start on Sunday against Kansas City.

Snell is 2-8 with a 5.36 ERA in 15 starts, allowing 87 hits in 80 2/3 innings.

Snell's demotion ...

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