The Pirates have designated pitcher Jeremy Hefner for assignment just a few weeks after he had been claimed off waivers from the Padres. The Pirates needed to make room on their 40-man roster for infielder Yamaico Navarro, who was acquired from the Royals during the Winter Meetings.
Hefner, 25, is a right-hander who was 9-7 with a 4.98 ERA in 28 starts at Triple-A Tucson last season. He had spent five years in the Padres organization after being selected in the fifth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Oral Roberts University and was its Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2008.
The Pirates claimed him off waivers on Nov. 18 to give them pitching depth but also signed free agent left-hander Erik Bedard earlier this week. The Pirates have 10 days to trade Hefner, release him or get him through outright waivers so he can be assigned to Triple-A.