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Pirates trim three pitchers from roster

Pirates trim three pitchers from roster

RADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates cut three more players from the roster Saturday, all pitchers, including two left-handers who had ERAs less than one.

Included among the cuts was Sean Burnett, a 24-year-old who spent the entire 2006 season with Triple-A Indianapolis after missing all of 2005 following Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. The lefty notched 13 Major League starts and recorded a 5.02 ERA in 2004, prior to the setback.

Burnett was 1-0 and not scored upon in three Grapefruit League outings (11 1/3 innings). He was optioned to Indianapolis.

Joining Burnett in Triple-A this season will be Shane Youman, a talented lefty who survived five preseason appearances before being scored upon against New York on Friday. Youman was rumored to be in the running for the final left-handed spot in the bullpen should John Grabow, who's been nursing a sore forearm and may begin the regular season on the disabled list, not be available.

At the time he was sent down, the 27-year-old held a 1-0 record and 0.96 ERA.

Also involved in the roster moves was Kevin Gryboski, a 33-year-old non-roster invitee whom Pittsburgh signed as a free agent in January. Gryboski, a righty, had nine outings this spring (8 1/3 innings), and finished with a 3.24 ERA. He was reassigned to Minor League camp.

There are now 38 players in Major League camp, including 18 pitchers, four catchers, nine infielders and seven outfielders.

Dawn Klemish is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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