Pirates roster grows by adding 4 players

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates added four players to set their 40-man roster on Wednesday.

Added were infielder Alen Hanson, outfielder Gregory Polanco, left-handed pitcher Joely Rodriguez and right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler.

The Pirates also signed right-handed pitchers Collin Balester, Jake Brigham, Jay Jackson, Josh Kinney and Seth McClung to minor league contracts. Brigham, Jackson and Kinney have received invitations to Major League spring training as non-roster players.

The 27-year-old Balester was originally selected by Montreal in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft and spent five seasons in the Major Leagues with Washington (2008-2011) and Detroit (2012). Brigham, 25, went 5-5 with a 4.51 ERA in 26 games (18 starts) with Round Rock in 2013.

Jackson spent the 2013 season in the Miami organization, where he posted a 4-7 record and a 3.53 ERA in 21 total games between double-A Jacksonville and triple-A New Orleans.

The 34-year-old Kinney went 2-2 with one save and a 4.36 ERA in 30 relief appearances with triple-A Tacoma.

Kinney has pitched in the big leagues with the Cardinals (2006, 2008-2009), White Sox (2011) and Mariners (2012). He did not allow a run in seven postseason appearances (6.1 IP) with St. Louis in 2006, including two outings in the World Series vs. Detroit.

McClung, who has seen big league action with Tampa Bay (2003, 2005-2006) and Milwaukee (2007-2009), pitched in Mexico and Taiwan in 2013. In the Mexican League, he posted five saves and a 1.69 ERA (10.2 IP/2 ER) in 13 games with Monterrey and went 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA (12.1 IP/4ER) in 11 games with Puebla. The 32-year-old McClung was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the fifth round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft.