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Eveland sent from Toronto to Pittsburgh

Eveland sent from Toronto to Pittsburgh

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays and Pirates completed a trade on Tuesday that sent left-hander Dana Eveland to Pittsburgh. Toronto acquired Minor League pitcher Ronald Uviedo and optioned the right-hander to Double-A New Hampshire.

Following a strong spring showing, Eveland began the year as Toronto's fifth starter and carried his preseason success into the early part of this season. A string of rough outings finally led the Blue Jays to designate him for assignment on May 24.

Eveland joins a Pittsburgh club that has struggled with its starting pitching this season. Entering Tuesday, the Pirates rotation had gone 10-28 with a 5.83 ERA, representing the highest ERA among National League starting staffs.

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Eveland, 26, is out of options, meaning he would need to clear waivers in order to be sent to the Minor Leagues. He began the season 3-1 with a 3.82 ERA with the Blue Jays but then faltered over his next three outings, going 0-3 with a 16.39 ERA over a span of just 9 1/3 innings.

Eveland's best season came in 2008, when he went 9-9 with a 4.34 ERA for the A's. Overall with the Blue Jays, the left-hander -- acquired by Toronto in a trade with Oakland in February -- went 3-4 with a 6.45 ERA. Eveland is 16-21 with a 5.66 ERA in 92 career big league games.

The 23-year-old Uviedo has made 16 relief appearances this season for Double-A Altoona in the Pirates' system. In those outings, the righty went 0-2 with a 3.22 ERA, surrendering just 13 hits over 22 1/3 innings with 28 strikeouts against 12 walks.

Uviedo -- a native of Guarico, Venezuela -- has gone 18-13 with 31 saves and a 3.10 ERA over 158 career Minor League games between tours in the Mariners and Pirates organizations.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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