AAA Indianapolis was eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday, freeing up more players to be added to the big league roster. SS Chase d’Arnaud and RHP Bryan Morris were recalled from AAA. RHP Rick van den Hurk was also called up but he was not on the 40 man roster. To create room for van den Hurk, RHP Evan Meek was designated for assignment.
Only players on the active roster on September 1* can be on a team’s postseason roster. With that in mind, the Pirates made two roster moves today.
Jeff Clement was outrighted to Class A Bradenton. Clement was 0-6 with 2 K’s in his brief time up. The fact that he was outrighted and not simply optioned opens a spot on the 40 man roster and likely shows that the team doesn’t think he’ll ever be able to contribute at the major league level.
Chase d”Arnaud was optioned to AAA. I expect Chase to be added back to the active roster once he is eligible to be called back up and resume his role as a… back up.
Kyle McPherson and Alex Presley were recalled from AAA. McPherson will pitch in the bullpen for now but should get a few starts in Erik Bedard‘s old spot. In 12 starts this year at AA and AAA he has a 3.22 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 8.5 K/9.
Presley will help cover for a banged up outfield. We’ve seen what he can do when he’s on top of his game, and we’ve seen how bad he can be too. Alex gets a start in CF tonight to give Andrew McCutchen an extra night off before the stretch run.
*There are a few exceptions that can be made for players who go on or are currently on the DL. For example: Charlie Morton on the 60-day DL allows the team to add any pitcher that is currently in the organization to the playoff roster.
Reports broke late last night that the Pirates had released LHP Erik Bedard. This morning the team made it official. After starting the season off well, Bedard had become very inconsistent. On the year his number were down (up? They got worse.) to a 5.01 ERA and 1.47 WHIP.
At this time it the plans for the rotation are still unknown. Rosters expand on Thursday so several pitchers could be brought up. The most obvious choice is to start Kevin Correia on a regular basis again, but it’s very possible that Jeff Locke could be chosen for the role.
The Onion, America’s Finest News Source, has a feature article today that is completely not about Chase d’Arnaud fielding a routine ground ball. The author quotes the player’s manager, who is not Clint Hurdle and complements the quality of the field, which is not McKechnie. Go read it, quickly now.