The Pirates selected the contract of lefty Doug Slaten on Monday.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Doug Slaten found out he was going back to the big leagues on Sunday after reporting to the field in Louisville. The lefty reliever hopped on a flight and will look to continue his dominant success he had in Triple-A in the Majors.
"It’s always nice to get the call. Definitely," Slaten said. "It’s not the same as my first time, of course, but it’s definitely sweet still."
The 32-year-old has spent parts of six seasons in the Majors, his last coming on September 27 of 2011 with the Washington Nationals. Slaten posted a 4.41 ERA over 31 games (16.1 innings) of relief last year. After signing a minor league deal with Pittsburgh on January 17, the lefty was in the mix to fight for a spot in the Pirates bullpen during spring training. Slaten posted a 9.00 ERA over his six appearances and started the season with Triple-A Indianapolis.
But it was with Indy that Slaten made an adjustment, and found...