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Pirates Add George Kontos to Active Roster; Option Neverauskas to Indianapolis

Dovydas Neverauskas won yesterday's game for the Pirates, and is now headed back to Indianapolis. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pirates Add George Kontos to Active Roster; Option Neverauskas to Indianapolis
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed pitcher George Kontos to the active roster for tonight's game against the Detroit Tigers and optioned right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas to Indianapolis to make room.

Kontos was picked up off of waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. With the Giants, he had a 3.83 ERA and a 4.02 FIP in 51.2 innings over 50 appearances this season, with 17 walks and 55 strikeouts. He also had a 1.61 GO/AO ratio, which is well above his career average, both during his time in the minors and in the majors. The 9.6 SO/9IP ratio is the highest of his career. Over his seven seasons in the majors, he has a 3.05 ERA in 315.2 innings and a 3.72 FIP.

Neverauskas won yesterday's thriller by throwing two shutout innings. Over three brief stints with the Pi...

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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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