Found August 13, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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 ne...
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