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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Pirates released reliever Josias Manzanillo and recalled right-hander Bronson Arroyo from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday night.

The moves were announced after the Pirates' 7-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Manzanillo, 34, pitched effectively in middle relief for the Pirates last season, but he had a 7.62 ERA and no decisions in 13 relief appearances this season. He had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in May and came off the disabled list on July 13.

He had been scored upon in seven of 12 appearances since then and had allowed five home runs.

``I wasn't expecting this,'' Manzanillo said. ``I feel like I've been up against the wall since my surgery. I've tried my best. I think I would have gotten better if they had let me continue to pitch.''

Manzanillo was eligible to become a free agent at the end of this season.

Arroyo, 25, had been a starter at Nashville, compiling an 8-6 record with a 2.96 ERA in 22 games. The Pirates plan to use him in long relief.