The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed reliever A.J. Schugel for the weekend series with the Chicago Cubs. To make room on the active roster, catcher Elias Diaz was optioned to Indianapolis.
With the Pirates about to go into the All-Star break, they were likely going to go back to just two catchers on the active roster. Schugel gives them bullpen help for the weekend series. He was up briefly earlier in the year, but did not get into any games before returning to Indianapolis. Since that demotion back on June 14th, Schugel has made five appearances with Indianapolis, giving up three runs over 6.2 innings, while striking out seven batters. On the season, he has a 4.17 ERA in 36.2 innings over 26 appearances, with 36 strikeouts, a .268 BAA and a 1.36 WHIP.
Diaz hit .266/.306...
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