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Pirates' Welker among those vying for bullpen spots in spring training

Before he really thought of himself as a member of the Minnesota Twins, Duke Welker was back in a Pirates uniform. At the end of August, the Pirates swapped outfielder Alex Presley and a player to be named later to the Twins for first baseman Justin Morneau. The trade was finalized Oct. 5 when Welker was sent to Minnesota. The regular season was over, so Welker didn't pitch...
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January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins officially acquire P Welker to complete Morneau deal

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have added the final piece of the Justin Morneau trade. The team announced Saturday that it acquired right-hander Duke Welker from Pittsburgh as the player to be named later in the trade. Welker, 27, made his major league debut this season with the Pirates but appeared in just two games. The 6-foot-7 right-hander spent nearly the entire 2013 season...
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October 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Presley Optioned to Triple-A, Duke Welker Recalled

Duke Welker has been called up to the majors. (Photo Credit: David Hague) The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Triple-A and have recalled right-handed reliever Duke Welker, according to Travis Sawchik. Pirates have optioned Alex Presley, calling up Duke Welker — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) June 20, 2013 The move was probably made to give the bullpen...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Duke Welker Optioned By The Pittsburgh Pirates

Right-handed pitcher Duke Welker was optioned by the Pittsburgh Pirates to their Triple-A Indianapolis minor league affiliate. He will serve as bullpen depth for the organization and was expendable with the return of Francisco Liriano from the disabled list. The post Duke Welker Optioned By The Pittsburgh Pirates appeared first on FFLockerRoom | NFL News | MLB News | NBA News ...
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May 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Recall Duke Welker, Other Notes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed pitcher Duke Welker from their Triple-A Indianapolis minor league affiliate. To make room for him on the parent roster, the Pirates optioned Josh Harrison to the same Triple-A team while also releasing left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez after having been designated for assignment last week following a horrible year-plus. Look for...
Via FF Locker Room
May 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Duke Welker Heading to Pittsburgh

Duke Welker is heading to Pittsburgh. The guys over at This is Getting Old are reporting that Duke Welker is on his way to Pittsburgh, and likely to officially join the team after Jeanmar Gomez makes his start tonight. Gomez would be unavailable for a few days after the start, which would create a need for a bullpen arm. Welker has been on the 40-man roster for the last year, and...
Via Pirates Prospects
May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Notebook: Casey Sadler, Brandon Cumpton and Duke Welker

Sadler allowed just one hit and no walks in five shutout innings The Pirates’ AAA and AA squads took on their Toronto counterparts at Pirate City today.  They got good starts from Brandon Cumpton in the AAA game and Casey Sadler in the AA game.  Cumpton went four and a third innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, with one strikeout.  He threw 62 pitches, 40 for strikes...
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March 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates prospect interview: Duke Welker

Right-hander Duke Welker was a combined 2-2 with a 2.29 ERA and five saves at Double A Altoona and Triple A Indianapolis last season. He told's George Von Benko that he has adjusted well to his role as a relief pitcher.
February 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Duke Welker Placed on Indianapolis DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Duke Welker on the Indianapolis disabled list per a team press release. Welker was placed on the DL with right-forearm tightness. In 21 appearances with Indianapolis, Welker posted a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings, with a 24:17 K/BB ratio. His walks were up from his time in Altoona, when he posted a 2.31 ERA in 23.1 innings, along with...
Via Pirates Prospects
July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Duke Welker promoted to AAA; Jeff Inman moved up to AA

Today, the Pirates promoted two of their higher rated relief pitching prospects, Duke Welker and Jeff Inman. Inman, 24, had pitched 9 2/3 innings giving up just one unearned run with High-A Bradenton. He was the Pirates’ 12th round pick in the 2009 draft out of Stanford, but has had his development stalled a bit due to injuries. The club is probably being aggressive in moving him...
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May 24, 2012  |  Discuss
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