The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Stolmy Pimentel, and have optioned right-hander Jared Hughes to Altoona. They also optioned Andrew Lambo to Altoona to make room for Justin Morneau.
Pimentel being added to the roster today means that he would be on the playoff roster, while Hughes and Lambo won’t be eligible. They could always join the Pirates as flex options, since the Pirates will have at least three spots that they can use for anyone in the organization. For more on that, read this article.
Pimentel will join the team as a reliever tonight, with Kris Johnson making the start tomorrow. Johnson is also in town, but hasn’t been called up yet.
By optioning Lambo and Hughes to Altoona, the Pirates can recall them on Tuesday after Altoona’s season ends, as opposed to sending them to Indianapolis and waiting ten days (or until Indianapolis is eliminated from the playoffs).