The Pirates cleared a roster spot for AJ Burnett today by putting Rule 5 pick Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list. The exact vagaries of the Rule 5 process aren’t perfectly clear to me, but I’m certain that Nunez has to be active for a certain number of days and so the Pirates can’t just stow him away on the 60-day all year. Still, it’s clear that this is how Huntington is planning on playing things with Nunez in order to keep him on the roster beyond 2012.
“What’s that? You think I won’t just stick the kid on the 60-day DL before he even gets to camp? I’ll show you!”