Pirates claim Drew Sutton

Updated: June 24, 2012, 2:33 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed utility player Drew Sutton off waivers from Tampa Bay and recalled reliever Bryan Morris from Triple-A before Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

It was the second time in five weeks Pittsburgh claimed Sutton, who has appeared in 104 games over parts of four seasons with Cincinnati, Cleveland, Boston and Tampa Bay. The Pirates claimed Sutton from the Braves organization May 20 but traded him to the Rays the next day.

Sutton, who will report to the Pirates later this week, hit .271 with six RBIs in 48 at-bats for Tampa Bay before being designated for assignment Friday. General manager Neal Huntington said Sutton could play any infield position or in the corner outfield spots.

Also Sunday, the Pirates recalled reliever Morris from Triple-A Indianapolis and optioned infielder Jordy Mercer to Indianapolis. The club also transferred pitcher Charlie Morton to the 60-day disabled list.

Huntington said the Pirates would make corresponding roster moves later in the week upon the arrival of Sutton and the activation of starter Jeff Karstens from the disabled list.


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