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After tough start, Phil Irwin is sent to the bullpen

After tough start, Phil Irwin is sent to the bullpen

The season has gotten off to a rough start for Phil Irwin, resulting in the right-hander being designated to the bullpen in Indianapolis. The move coincides with the addition of Jeff Locke to the squad.

After dealing with some setbacks from tendonitis in his elbow in the spring, Irwin saw only three innings in two games in Florida. Following his assignment to Indianapolis, Irwin allowed 11 earned runs in just six innings over a pair of starts. During this stretch, he allowed ten hits and walked five.

In addition, opposing hitters are hitting .370 off Irwin coming into Saturday. Irwin has also given up three home runs.

His average fastball was between 87 and 88 MPH last Sunday, an outing in which he allowed 7 earned runs in just 1.1 innings. After not giving up a run on just one hi...

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Ryan joined Pirates Prospects as the Indianapolis Triple-A writer in 2014. Prior to joining Pirates Prospects, Ryan covered high school, college and professional sports in the Indianapolis area. For more updates throughout the season, follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanpalencer.

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