Pirates designate Eveland for assignment

Pirates designate Eveland for assignment

ARLINGTON -- The Pirates designated left-hander Dana Eveland for assignment on Thursday, ending his tenure with the club after just three appearances.

The final straw was Eveland's outing on Wednesday in which he allowed six earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Eveland was not able to give John Russell as many innings as the Pittsburgh manager expected from the long reliever, and after the game, Eveland was quick to blame his struggles on the Texas heat.

"It was a tough go for him," Russell said. "He was used sporadically, though when you're a long man, that's the nature of the beast. I didn't really see the velocity I thought I might see, the sharpness to his breaking ball and changeup. I really didn't see what I wanted to see."

Eveland's appearance on Wednesday came after an 11-day layoff. In all, Eveland allowed nine earned runs on 15 hits in 9 2/3 innings with Pittsburgh. He was acquired from the Blue Jays on June 1 in a trade for young right-hander Ronald Uviedo.

The Pirates now have 10 days to trade, release or outright Eveland to the Minors. If there is no trade interest in the lefty, the Pirates plan to outright him to Triple-A in hopes of getting Eveland back on track.

"We obviously liked Dana enough to acquire him," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We'll see what the next few days bring to us in terms of other teams' interest."