Starter Francisco Liriano has been activated from the disabled list to start today's game against the Cincinnati Reds. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Matt Hague back to Indianapolis.
Liriano started on rehab with Indianapolis on Monday and pitched brilliantly. He threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks and he struck out eight batters. Ryan Palencer covered the start and had quotes from Liriano afterwards. That can be found here. Vance Worley was moved from the rotation to the bullpen to make room for Liriano.
Matt Hague got into three games for the Pirates, his first action with the team since 2012. He went 0-for-2 at the plate....
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