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Pirates Demote McCutchen

The Pirates demoted outfielder Andrew McCutchen, utilityman Yurendell DeCaster and pitcher Jim Brower yesterday. The only one of these that was even mildly in doubt was McCutchen, who was sent to Class AA Altoona - not Indianapolis, as some fans speculated. With any luck, he won't stay at Altoona, and I assume the Pirates will look for any excuse to promote him to Indianapolis by late May or June.

As for DeCaster and Brower, I presume they'll be injury insurance at Indianapolis. Neither is likely to make the team this season.

In other news, Freddy Sanchez will miss at least the first two series of the season.