Kris Johnson will start today against the Cardinals. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up three players today with rosters expanding beyond 25-men. Kris Johnson has been recalled from Indianapolis, and will make the start in today's game against the Cardinals. Travis Snider was activated from his rehab assignment. The Pirates also purchased the contract of relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth.
The Pirates had an open spot on the 40-man roster, so they don't need to make a corresponding move for Farnsworth. He's the only surprise out of the three players who were called up. He gave up three runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings in his brief time with Indianapolis, along with a 3:4 K/BB ratio. Farnsworth spent time in the majors this year with the Rays, putting up a 5.76 ERA in 29.2 innings, with a 19:7 K/BB ratio. He doesn't seem to be the dominant reliever he was two years ago. The Pirates have been successful with most relief pitching additions, but not every ...
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