Pittsburgh Pirates Notebook: Lambo Claimed By Oakland A’s


The Pittsburgh Pirates lost outfielder Andrew Lambo Friday night as the Oakland Athletics of the American League claimed him off waivers. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound right fielder was one of three players dropped from the 40-man roster.

The native of Newbury Park, California played in 59 major-league contests over the last three seasons. Lambo, who was a former 2007 fourth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers, recorded a .191 batting average with seven doubles and a home run over the course of 99 plate appearances. He last played for Pittsburgh on Sunday, May 3 and sat out the remainder of the 2015 campaign due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

The player movement did not end there for the crew of the Jolly Roger. A pair of right-handed pitchers, Brandon Cumpton and Casey Sadler, were outrighted to the Bucs Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians after clearing waivers. They will miss all of next season as they recover from injuries.

The 25-year-old Sadler had Tommy John surgery in October. The last time the 6-foot-4, 225-pound hurler was on the mound was Sunday, June 21 for Indianapolis. The Stillwater, Oklahoma native made one start last season for Clint Hurdle’s squad, filling in for Francisco Liriano Sunday, April 12 against the Brewers in Milwaukee. He went five innings to capture his first major league victory in his first career start.

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Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Cumpton was out all of last season after Tommy John surgery and most likely sits out the 2016 campaign due to right shoulder subacromial decompression surgery in September.

The Pirates have a total of 33 players on their 40-man roster. They added 5-foot-8, 195-pound shortstop Gift Ngoepe to the roster Thursday, and activated 28-year-old infielder Jung Ho Kang from the 60-day disabled list Friday.

From The Clipboard: The Pirates have three prospects taking part in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game of the Arizona Fall League. The trio is catcher Reese McGuire, outfielder Austin Meadows, and right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams. The contest begins at 8:00 p.m. and is on the MLB Network.

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Pittsburgh declined their 2016 club option Thursday on 32-year-old right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz. He becomes a free agent. The native of El Seibo, Dominican Republic had a record of 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA over 14 appearances for the Pirates in 2015.