Tigers ready to call up Jim Johnson from Triple-A

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Ten days after signing Jim Johnson to a minor-league contract the Tigers are ready to call up the veteran reliever.

In fact, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports that the Tigers were going to call him up earlier this week but Johnson actually asked to make one more appearance at Triple-A first.

Johnson got released by the A’s after posting a 7.14 ERA in 38 appearances, but with Oakland on the hook for his entire $10 million salary Detroit viewed him as a reasonable no-risk flier and potential middle reliever.

Johnson, who saved 50-plus games for the Orioles in both 2012 and 2013, threw two scoreless, hitless innings Wednesday at Triple-A.

Pirates release Francisco Cervelli

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The Pittsburgh Pirates just announced that they have released catcher Francisco Cervelli. No waivers, no DFA. Just his unconditional release.

Cervelli had been on a rehab assignment in the minors in his efforts to come back from a concussion. He had been sidelined since May, and there had been no timeline for his return, but he played in a minor league game as recently as Monday.

Over the summer, however, Cervelli voiced doubts about his ability to continue catching in light of the six concussions he’s weathered over the last decade. At one point he said he could not catch again but then walked it back. Whether his release was requested and whether Cervelli plans to end his big league career is not yet known.

I’m sure we’ll hear more about this soon.

UPDATE: Um, OK. Based on this I guess it’s more of a matter of the Pirates simply not wanting him anymore: