Left-hander Xavier Cedeno was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and now they’ve traded the 28-year-old reliever to the Dodgers for cash considerations.
Cedeno has been used sparingly in the majors, but he’s totaled 54 strikeouts in 55 innings and has a career 2.83 ERA with 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 108 appearances at Triple-A.
Los Angeles has been adding and subtracting players from the 40-man roster like crazy and that figures to continue, but if given an extended chance Cedeno could be a decent fit as a middle reliever.
Pirates prospect shortstop Cole Tucker stepped up for an injured Erik González on Saturday and wasted little time proving that he was ready to shoulder major-league responsibilities. After starting the game 0-for-2, Tucker pounced on Derek Holland‘s 2-2 sinker and sent it out to center field for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.
Following the tie-breaking blast, Tucker responded to cheers from the crowd with… perhaps a little more ceremony than the occasion required. He was the second of the Pirates’ prospects to record his first major-league hit during the game, as outfielder Bryan Reynolds also hit a single off of Holland in the fourth.
Jung Ho Kang struck out to end the inning, after which a rain delay was called. The Pirates currently lead the Giants 3-1.