The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up outfielder Jaff Decker and have optioned right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A. Cumpton started last night, but the Pirates won't need a fifth starter until July 22nd, due to the All-Star break. If Gerrit Cole is able to return on that date, then he would fill out the rotation. If he's not healthy by then, Cumpton would be eligible to return to the majors.
Until that point, the Pirates can carry an extra bench or bullpen arm, which is where Decker comes in. Matt Hague was called up yesterday to replace Starling Marte for a few days. It will be interesting to see who goes down when Marte returns. Both Decker and Hague have been hitting well in Triple-A lately....
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