Pirates rule out Paul Maholm, Kevin Correia for rest of season

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The Pirates shifted rotation mainstays Paul Maholm and Kevin Correia to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, officially bringing their seasons to an end.

Maholm went on the DL on Aug. 20 with a left shoulder strain after going 6-14 with a 3.66 ERA in 26 starts, leaving the Pirates with a tough decision to make this winter.  His option for 2012 is worth $9.75 million, which seems excessive for a guy who is 53-73 lifetime.  Maholm, though, had a career-best ERA this year, and he had made at least 29 starts in each of his previous five full seasons.  He’d likely land a multiyear deal as a free agent if the Pirates let him go.

Correia, a surprise All-Star, ended his year 12-11 with a 4.79 ERA.  He’s been sidelined since Aug. 19 with a strained oblique muscle.  Correia was 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA after two months, but he faded fast from there and went 1-5 over his last eight starts.

The Pirates made the moves today to help create room for callups.  Brought back to the majors were third baseman Pedro Alvarez, left-hander Aaron Thompson and left-hander Daniel Moskos.  Left-hander Jeff Locke and right-hander Jared Hughes will make their major league debuts.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.