Ludwick to the DL, Thompson Called Up

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Ryan Ludwick on the 15-day disabled list today with mid-back muscle spasms.  The move is retroactive August 23rd.  As a corresponding move, they have also purchased the contract of left hander Aaron Thompson, who will make the start in today’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

I profiled Thompson earlier today.  Odds are that he will be up for one start, and will be sent down after the game, likely for a position player, since Ludwick’s move to the disabled list creates an open spot.  That spot could be filled by Alex Presley, who has been hitting well in a rehab appearance in AAA, and who would likely take over as the starter in the majors with Ludwick out.  Chase d’Arnaud is also a possibility to get the call, as he’s in the same situation as Presley.  The Pirates could also activate both, and demote Pedro Ciriaco and Aaron Thompson.

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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.

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