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Pirates recall lefty reliever Doug Slaten

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Juan Cruz placed on restricted list to handle personal business

The Pirates have placed right-handed pitcher Juan Cruz on the restricted list, so he can return home to the Dominican Republic and attend to some personal business.

Cruz has been a key part of a bullpen that leads the National League in ERA. The veteran reliever is 1-1 with a 1.45 ERA in 20 appearances this season for Pittsburgh after signing a one-year deal with the team in the offseason.

Lefty Doug Slaten has been selected from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Slaten, who was signed as a minor league free agent in January, went 2-0 with eight saves and a 0.36 ERA in 20 minor league games this season. Through yesterday’s action, he had produced the second-lowest batting average against (.161) among International League relief pitchers.

The 32-year old Slaten has appeared in 206 major league games with Arizona and Washington since 2006, posting a 4-1 record with a 3.10 ERA as recently as 2010 with the Nationals.

Neil Walker’s contract expires after the 2016 season. The Pirates second baseman is due for a big raise in arbitration this offseason—likely to $10 million—and signing him to a long-term extension will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $12-$15 million annually.
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