The Post-Gazette is reporting Kuwatamania is over in Pittsburgh. Masumi Kuwata has been designated for assignment. The Pirates have 10 days to trade, waive or release him.
The Tribune adds the following:
If Kuwata clears waivers, which seems likely, he will be sent to Indianapolis. Tuesday, Kuwata's wife and children arrived in Pittsburgh from Japan. He will discuss with them whether he will continue to pitch in the minors or retire.
Tracy indicated the Pirates are interested in keeping Kuwata in some non-playing role, such as a coach or scout, in the future.
The Pirates have also recalled Matt Kata and catcher Carlos Maldonado from Class AAA Indianapolis
Ryan Doumit has been placed on the 15 day DL, Zach Duke has been moved to the 60 day DL.
The New York Daily news is reporting the Mets have contacted the Pirates inquiring on Ronny Paulino.