Jared Hughes' statistics didn't suggest he should be sent to the minor leagues. However, it was numbers that forced the Pirates to option the rookie right-handed reliever to Class AAA
Indianapolis before Sunday's 11-5 victory over the San Diego Padres. The move opened a roster spot for
reliever Juan Cruz to be activated from the 15-day disabled list. Hughes was 2-1 with one save and a 2.70 ERA in 47 games. However, he had given up six runs in three
relief appearances and 3 1/3 innings until he pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday night in a 5-0 loss
to San Diego. "As I told him, this really doesn't have to do with performance," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
"This has to do with numbers." Hughes, optimistic by nature, took the demotion in stride. "I made the adjustments I needed to (Sunday) and pitched well," Hughes said. "I made the adjustments to
where I think I can just continue doing that for the next few weeks, go down there, stay positive and earn...