Pirates acquire former first-round pick Biddle from Phillies

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired pitching prospect Jesse Biddle from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The deal, announced Tuesday, sends Biddle to the Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina.

The 24-year-old Biddle was a first-round pick by the Phillies in the 2010 first-year player draft. Biddle went 9-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 24 combined minor league starts. He underwent reconstructive elbow surgery last October and was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on Jan. 29.

Biddle is 40-45 with a 3.81 ERA and 660 strikeouts in 677 1/3 career innings.

To make room for Biddle on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel for assignment.

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