The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right-handed pitcher Wirfin Obispo from the Atlanta Braves and assigned him to Indianapolis. The 29-year-old was pitching for AAA Gwinnett this season, where he had a 4.66 ERA in 19.1 innings over 19 appearances, with 21 strikeouts, no homers allowed and a .233 BAA.
Obispo pitched in Japan from 2007-2011, before returning to the minor leagues for the Cincinnati Reds in 2012. He spent all of last season with Gwinnett, where he had a 3.53 ERA and occasionally was used as a closer. Obispo had 70 strikeouts in 63.2 innings last year. He has never played in the majors.
He was added to the Braves 40-man roster over the off-season and was only put on waivers yesterday, so the Pirates wasted no time picking him up. The Pirates 40-man roster in now at 38, as Obispo takes the place of Bryan Morris, who was traded away earlier today....
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