(3/6/2008) The Pittsburgh Pirates cut RP Josh Sharpless and C Carlos Maldonado from their spring training roster and sent them to their minor-league camp Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
(11/21/2007) The Pirates added shortstop Brian Bixler and right-handers Olivio Astacio and Ronald Belisario to the 40-man roster. In order to make room, left-hander Shane Youman, first baseman Josh Phelps and right-hander Josh Sharpless were all designated for assignment. They have 10 days to trade, release or outright them to the minor leagues.
Sharpless sent to Triple-A
(6/15/2007) Reliever Josh Sharpless was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday to make room on the roster for starter John Van Benschoten. Manager Jim Tracy had announced Thursday that Van Benschoten would start Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox but no official roster move was made. The team had nine relievers available during Thursday night's 6-0 loss to the Texas Rangers.
Sharpless called up by Bucs
(5/27/2007) The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned right-hander Brian Rogers to Triple-A Indianapolis before Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates recalled right-hander Josh Sharpless, who arrived in Cincinnati in time for Sunday's game.
Pirates cut roster to 32 players
(3/27/2007) Outfielder Michael Ryan, right-hander Josh Sharpless and catcher Einar Diaz were sent to the minor leagues Tuesday, leaving the Pirates with 32 players in camp. Sharpless was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, and Ryan and Diaz were reassigned to the minor league camp. The Pirates must cut seven more players to reach the 25-man opening-day limit. Ryan, who played in 127 games with the Twins from 2002-05, knew he was a long shot to make the opening-day roster, but GM Dave Littlefield said he made an impression. "He's on the radar, and I'm confident that as the season rolls on and we need players because of injuries or performance changes, he will certainly be a strong candidate," Littlefield said. "He's done an excellent job in spring training and I would anticipate we'll see him in Pittsburgh at some point."
Sharpless making an impression
(3/22/2007) Pirates rookie reliever Josh Sharpless has been impressive throughout spring training, allowing only one run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings. He posted a 1.50 ERA in 14 games last year in his major-league debut after being recalled from Class AAA Indianapolis on Aug. 1, and seems to have a good shot to win a job in the bullpen. "He's been very impressive, just as he was when we called him up last season," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said Wednesday. "He continues to get better. He continues to grow as a pitcher."
RHP rookie has best chance to make 'pen
(2/11/2007) RHP Josh Sharpless posted a 1.50 ERA in 12 relief appearances for the Pirates at the end of last season and has the best chance of any rookie to make the club this spring. He will be challenged for a spot in the bullpen by a handful of other rookies, including LHP Juan Perez and RHPs Jonah Bayliss, Jesse Chavez and Brian Rogers.
Torres now a potential closer
(1/18/2007) The Pirates finally landed a deal for Atlanta power hitter Adam LaRoche on Wednesday when they agreed to acquire the first baseman for left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez. The Braves also get shortstop prospect Brent Lillibridge, while the Pirates will receive outfielder Jamie Romak. Pirates right-hander Salomon Torres had 12 saves, most of them after Gonzalez was hurt, while pitching in a major league-high 94 games. Right-hander Matt Capps (3.79 ERA in 85 games) and left-handers John Grabow (4.13 ERA in 72 games) and Damaso Marte (3.70 ERA in 75 games) also were effective most of the season.
Torres might close for Pirates
(1/17/2007) The Pirates' two-month wait to try to swing a deal for Atlanta power hitter Adam LaRoche ended Wednesday when they agreed to acquire the first baseman for left-handed closer Mike Gonzalez and another player. The trade is subject to physicals for the players required by the two teams, according to a baseball official familiar with the negotiations who requested anonymity because the deal was still being finalized. The identify of the other player was not immediately known.
Pirates wait on Sharpless
(9/1/2006) RHP Josh Sharpless (right ankle sprain) was activated from the 15-day DL Friday, but the team will wait until Triple-A Indianapolis finishes its season before making roster call-ups.
Sharpless close to return
(8/31/2006) Rookie reliever Josh Sharpless, on the DL since Aug. 11 with a sprained ankle, is expected to be activated this weekend.
Sharpless still sidelined
(8/25/2006) RHP Josh Sharpless will not be activated any time this week from the disabled list. Sharpless has been out since Aug. 10 with a sprained right ankle.
Sharpless expected to throw
(8/14/2006) Josh Sharpless is expected to throw off the mound Tuesday for the first time since spraining his left ankle Wednesday in a game at Houston. Sharpless was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.
Sharpless goes on 15-day DL
(8/11/2006) Right-hander Britt Reames joined the Pittsburgh Pirates from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday to replace reliever Josh Sharpless, who went on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle.
Josh Sharpless exits early
(8/9/2006) Pittsburgh reliever Josh Sharpless twisted his right ankle fielding a grounder in the sixth and left the game on Wednesday.
Sharpless pitches solid inning
(8/4/2006) Josh Sharpless completed the shutout, giving up a single in the ninth at the Cubs Friday.
Pirates call up RP Sharpless
(8/1/2006) Because of the four trades Monday, the Pirates recalled outfielder Chris Duffy and reliever Josh Sharpless from Triple-A Indianapolis to fill out their 25-man roster.
Josh Sharpless goes 1 1/3
(7/9/2006) Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A reliever Josh Sharpless entered to a nice ovation in the fifth and pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings of the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.
Sharpless gets Futures Game invite
(7/2/2006) Indianapolis reliever Josh Sharpless will replace LHP Tom Gorzelanny in the Futures Game for top prospects at PNC Park on July 10. Gorzelanny was promoted to the Pirates last week. Pirates catching prospect Neil Walker also will play in the game. Both Sharpless and Walker grew up near Pittsburgh.
Sharpless promotes to Triple-A
(5/18/2006) RHP Josh Sharpless, one of the Pirates' top prospects, was promoted from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday. Sharpless was 2-0 with eight saves and a 0.86 ERA in 14 relief appearances with Altoona.
Sharpless not sharp for majors
(3/14/2006) RHP Josh Sharpless was optioned to Double-A Altoona despite pitching three scoreless innings in three spring relief appearances. Though Sharpless has been used strictly in relief as a pro, Pirates manager Jim Tracy would like to see him converted into a starter in the minor leagues.
(3/6/2006) Pirates RHP Josh Sharpless, one of the Pirates' top relief pitching prospects, pitched one scoreless inning Sunday against Detroit in his spring debut that was delayed because of a strained muscle in his buttocks.
RP Sharpless gets one-year deal
(2/2/2006) The Pirates signed pitchers John Van Benschoten, Jonah Bayliss and Josh Sharpless -- all members of their 40-man roster -- to the minimum big-league contract, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Sharpless added to 40-man roster
(11/21/2005) Pitcher Josh Sharpless were added to the Pirates' 40-man roster. Sharpless, a 24th-round draft pick in 2003, allowed only three earned runs in 36 1/3 innings -- an 0.74 ERA -- at Class A Lynchburg and Double-A Altoona.