After a long day of roster moves, the Pirates announced on their website’s transaction page that right-handed pitcher Cody Ponce was released shortly before midnight on Monday.
Missed this overnight due to my odd and annoying need to sleep a little, but Cody Ponce has been released, per the Pirates’ transactions page. Headed to Japan.— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) November 30, 2021
Ponce was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers as part of the Jordan Lyles trade in 2019, and appeared in 15 games last season. He went 0-6 with a 7.04 ERA in 38.1 innings pitched. Since debuting with the Pirates in 2020, Ponce has a 1-7 career record with a 5.56 ERA and 1.54 WHIP.
Nikkan Sports reports that Ponce will head to Japan and play as a member of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. His role is to be determined.
The Pirates’ 40-man roster stands at 39 players.
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