PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates have taken starter Kevin Correia off the 60-day disabled list, thereby adding the veteran right-hander back onto the team's 40-man roster.
That puts the total number of players on the roster at 34. The six openings, which were created when the Pirates declined several club options and outrighted other players last week, give the Pirates plenty of flexibility to make offseason additions.
Some of those spots will be filled by players the Pirates sign; other openings will eventually be occupied by prospects that the Pirates want to protect from the Rule 5 Draft.
Correia landed on the disabled list on Aug. 20 after suffering a strained left oblique muscle. He made 26 starts for the Pirates in 2011 and finished 12-11 with a 4.79 ERA. Only two of those wins came at home.
Correia is signed through 2012 and is set to earn $3 million next year.