The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Brandon Cumpton to make tonight's start against the Philadelphia Phillies. Josh Harrison has been optioned to Triple-A to make room.
Cumpton was needed tonight after Jeff Locke and Jeanmar Gomez both saw a lot of work in the bullpen on Sunday. Neither player got in the game, although Locke got ready for the game and was close to coming in. Gomez did his normal bullpen work, in preparation for his start on Wednesday. Because of the work from each pitcher, neither was available to start tonight.
Cumpton will only be up for one start. My guess is that he will return to Triple-A and Jose Tabata will come up to join the Pirates. Tabata is currently on a rehab assignment with the Indianapolis Indians....
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