Last season, Hughes posted a 2.85 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Right-handed reliever Jose Contreras has been placed on the bereavement list due to a death in his family, and the Pirates have recalled righty Jared Hughes to take his spot in the bullpen.
[Update: Hughes will be at PNC Park "at some point" during Friday night's game, according to Jim Trdinich, Director of Baseball Communications.]
Contreras made his Pirates debut May 5 and has pitched in five games, with four strikeouts and two walks. The 41-year-old must spend at least three days on the bereavement list before he can return to the Major League club. Hughes has not pitched for the Pirates since April 30, when he was sent down to Indianapolis with a 4.61 ERA and 13 strikeouts in ...
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James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards.
He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism.
James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.