The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right handed pitcher Evan Meek on the 15-day disabled list, and have purchased the contract of right handed pitcher Tim Wood from Indianapolis. To make room for Wood on the roster, the Pirates have transferred Chris Snyder to the 60-day disabled list.
Meek returns to the disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis for the second time. That's not a huge surprise, as his velocity was down in recent appearances.
Wood was signed at the end of Spring Training after being released by the Washington Nationals. He's been impressive in AAA since joining the Pirates, with a 2.96 ERA in 24.1 innings, along with a 24:4 K/BB ratio. Wood has been hitting in the upper 90s with his fastball, touching 98-99 MPH at times. He also has a hard, high-80s slider that has even hit 90-91 MPH this year. He's pitched in the majors before, with a 4.32 ERA in 50 innings, with a 26:25 K/BB ratio.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.