The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Jared Hughes from his rehab assignment with Indianapolis, and have optioned Vic Black to Triple-A.
Hughes was on a rehab assignment, and from all of the reports I’ve received he has been pitching very well. His sinker has been looking like the sinker he had when he first came up, and not the version we saw earlier in the year. He dealt with control problems earlier in the year as well, and those have been reduced.
Black only threw four innings while he was up, with a 6.75 K/9 and a 4.5 BB/9 ratio. The Pirates didn’t seem comfortable using him in anything outside of a low-leverage situation. I’m guessing Hughes will be used in all situations, including some time in the seventh or eighth innings. Based on the reports I’ve received, I wouldn’t be surprised if the pre-2013 version of Hughes returns.