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Pirates Move Lefty Justin Wilson to the Bullpen

Pirates Move Lefty Justin Wilson to the Bullpen

Manager Clint Hurdle said on Tuesday afternoon that the organization has decided to move left-handed starter Justin Wilson into the bullpen.

"We are right now transferring Justin Wilson into the bullpen for maybe an opportunity to be more impactful at the Major League level," Hurdle said.

Wilson has had mixed results with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. Over 23 starts so far, he has posted a 4.14 ERA, holding the opposing teams to just a .197 average and giving up just 83 hits over 117.1 innings. His biggest struggle has been his control. He's walked 63 batters and racked up 121 strikeouts.

Wilson is coming off a start on Saturday where he allowed three runs on two hits and three walks over 3.2 innings. Over his last 10 starts combined, Wilson has walked 30 batters with 53 strikes over 48.2 innings.

"Command is his calling card," Hurdle said. "That has been the one challenge for Justin moving forward. Whether it’s been starting, whether it’s been the bullpen. He’s the ki...

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