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Brandon Cumpton Will Start for Pirates on Saturday

Brandon Cumpton Will Start for Pirates on Saturday

Cumpton has posted a 3.31 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis.

[Update, 3:27 p.m. -- The Pirates confirmed Cumpton is in Pittsburgh, currently a part of the taxi squad but not yet added to the active roster.]

Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make Saturday's start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Chelsa Messinger, Sports Anchor for the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Georgia.

https://twitter.com/ChelsaMessinger/status/345601773416898561

Cumpton, 24, was already scheduled to pitch Saturday for Triple-A Indianapolis. Since being promoted from Double-A, Cumpton has a 3.31 ERA, 49 strikeouts and 22 walks in 65.1 innings. The right-hander is coming off his longest start of the season, allowing two earned runs in 7.1 innings against Norfolk. His fastball reached 96 mph in Spring Training.

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