Duke Welker has given up no earned runs and two hits while striking out 17 in 13 innings this year, and he's not even the top option if the Pirates need a reliever.

Pirates DFA Duke Welker

Earlier in the day, it was announced that Matt Hague would be joining the Pittsburgh Pirates in St Louis to take the place of Starling Marte, who was placed on the Bereavement List. To make room on the 40-man roster for Hague, the Pirates designated right-handed relief pitcher Duke Welker for assignment.

Welker had Tommy John surgery back in early June, so he will be out until sometime next season. He was pitching at Indianapolis this season, making nine appearances before being injured in early May. A month later, he had the surgery to end his season. Because he won’t pitch until mid-season next year, it’s highly unlikely someone picks up Welker, so the Pirates make this roster move without the risk of losing someone.

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • http://www.acme-tv.com LongJohnSilver

    Didn’t see this one coming :) Smart move on the surface.

    • Joe Nastasi

      I don’t like this move. I understand with the surgery it’s unlikely. With that said if I’m one of those teams with a bad farm system, I’m rolling the dice to add a power arm.

      • Joe Nastasi

        Send Jason Grilli Jr. Packing

  • st1300b

    I mentioned a few days ago that Hague is the RBI leader in AAA, and the bucs are having trouble hitting with runners in scoring position – so seems like a fit.

  • Timothy Wolfe

    makes sense to me. Its a reasonable decision

  • formerdraftpick

    You have to think about Rule V this year for the Pirates. A lot of good players are eligible. I think the Pirates are going to have to start thinking of who to add or remove prior to the trade deadline. If Duke didn’t get bumped now, he would have been bumped later in the year. Could you package some prospects that might be Rule V eligible and will not make the 40 man roster for a 2nd or 3rd line starter with a few years before arbitration or free agency?

    On a separate note, sad to see Dickerson go too. I thought he would have been a nice fit in light of what happened to Marte, but I’ll take Hague as the bump up guy. Poor Indy fans. Their whole team has been plucked!

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