Pirates part ways with recent fan-favorite

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Pittsburgh Pirates’ John Nogowski (69) plays in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

LOS ANGELES, California (WKBN) – The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated John Nogowski for assignment and signed Yoshi Tsutsugo to a major league contract.

After being acquired from the Cardinals last month, Nogowski quickly became a fan favorite with a strong start to his Pittsburgh tenure. He has struggled recently, batting just .233 combined between St. Louis and Pittsburgh this season.

The 28-year-old has batted .270 in parts of two seasons at the Triple-A level and will find himself on waivers in the next several days.

Tsutsugo has split this season between the Rays and Dodgers, batting .155 with seven RBI.

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