Pirates Call Up Pitchers Ryan Reid, Jared Hughes

Right-handed pitcher Ryan Reid has been called up by the Pirates and will join the team in Atlanta, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

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Ryan Reid will make his Major League debut if he appears for the Pirates.

Reid, 28, is in his first season in Pittsburgh’s system after being added as a minor league free agent in November. He has never pitched in the Major Leagues but has pitched 34.2 relief innings for Triple-A Indianapolis this season with a 0.52 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 31 strikeouts and nine walks. The successful results follow a decent season for the Durham Bulls in 2012, Reid’s first full Triple-A season, in which he averaged one strikeout per inning.

A change to the 40-man roster will have to be made in order to add Reid. While we don’t know yet what that transaction will be, perhaps infielder John McDonald or Mike Zagurski will be designated for assignment. Another possibility is that Jeanmar Gomez is placed on the 60-day disabled list, depending on the severity of the elbow tightness he suffered in Sunday’s game. Again, any determination of Gomez’s true injury status is premature, but he was not seen in the Pirates clubhouse following the game.

UPDATE: 11:19 PM, ET — Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com tweeted that Jared Hughes’ agents say Hughes will also be added to the Pirates.

Hughes has appeared in 13 games for the Pirates with 13 strikeouts and a 4.61 ERA. The right-hander has also made 11 appearances for Indianapolis, throwing 10 strikeouts and owning a 0.69 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. Unlike Reid, Hughes is already on the team’s 40-man roster.

The additions of Reid and Hughes give the Pirates bullpen some relief entering the final three games of a 16-games-in-16-days stretch. The relievers pitched 10 shutout innings Sunday following Gomez’s removal and three innings Saturday. More than one reliever was not expected to pitch Sunday unless an “emergency situation” arose. The possible fatigued arms:

  • Bryan Morris pitched in two of the three games of the Reds series.
  • Justin Wilson pitched one inning Saturday and two innings Sunday.
  • Vin Mazzaro threw a 15-pitch inning Saturday and 49 pitches over three innings Sunday.
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  • emjayinTN

    Nice to have that kind of depth. Jared Hughes helped the Pirates a great deal in 2012 and I hope he has found his sinker and command.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rothermund Ian Rothermund

    If Gomez does go on the DL for a while, I’m thinking this is time for a Gerritt Cole sighting. He’s starting to step up in AAA, and I’m convinced his skills will play up with MLB scouting reports and Martin catching.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

      Nope…he would be Super Two. Wait a couple of weeks.

  • joe g.

    He may be showing signs from the last two starts, but I’d like to see a few more strikeouts.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rothermund Ian Rothermund

      That’s part of what I’m saying though. After a bullpen session with Martin and a couple days of preparation in studying scouting reports of the opponents, I think he could be ready. I just don’t care about whether or not he’s striking out 10 a game as long as he isn’t walking 5. I mean, how many times does everyone inches in the organization have tkte Leo’s that they don’t focus on pitching for strikeouts until everyone gets it? He had command issues, now he isn’t walking as many, and it’s probably because he’s staying more in the zone, and attempting to be more efficient. Just like a batter, the focus should be on the K/BB ratio. The simple fact is, he’s getting outs and going deeper into games, and if Gomez goes on the DL, he’s the best option.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rothermund Ian Rothermund

        **everyone in the organization have to say that they don’t…

  • buster09

    I agree totally Ian. Much the way the Tigers broke Verlander in,try giving Cole the spot starts,and after he gets grounded,if he does reasonably well,put him in the rotation later on this Summer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Wondering who is going down. I would guess Mr Options, Bryan Morris would be one. Since we need a 40 man spot, it is Zagurski for # 2.

    However, if Gomez goes on the DL, I’m betting Morris stays.

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