The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned pitcher Drew Hutchison to Indianapolis on Wednesday morning, cutting the active Spring Training roster to 33 players and narrowing the battle for the fifth rotation spot to Tyler Glasnow and Trevor Williams.
Hutchison pitched last night and had his third consecutive poor outing of the spring. In six appearances, he posted a 10.02 ERA in 20.2 innings, with 33 hits, nine walks and five homers. After being acquired at the trade deadline last year from the Toronto Blue Jays, Hutchison made six September appearances for the Pirates, five out of the bullpen. He had a 5.56 ERA, a 1.59 WHIP and a .341 BAA in 11.1 innings. He was one of four players competing for the fifth rotation spot, but now he will have to try to turn things around in the Indianapolis rotatio...
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