PITTSBURGH, PA (WCSC) - Summerville grad Steven Jackson is looking for a new franchise in baseball; the Pirates designated the relief pitcher for assignment on Tuesday.
That means Pittsburgh has a week and a half to trade, waive, or release the Lowcountry native.
He basically got caught up in a numbers game; the Pirates didn't have room for him in the bullpen.
Jackson had pretty good statistics his rookie year; a 3.14 earned run average in 40 appearances and allowed just six of his 22 inherited runners to score.
The 27-year-old went through a lot to make the majors last season; he was called up by the Yankees from AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre, stayed on their roster for over a week, did not get in a game, then was let go. The Pirates picked him up and moved him up and down from the minors a couple of times before finishing the year on the major league squad.