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Pirates Notebook: Kontos and Rodriguez Add Versatility to Bullpen and Bench

Sean Rodriguez homered in his first game back with the Pirates. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pirates Notebook: Kontos and Rodriguez Add Versatility to Bullpen and Bench

PITTSBURGH — The under-the-radar move of the Pirates unexpectedly busy first weekend in August may have been the acquisition of right-handed relief pitcher George Kontos on waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

Kontos, 32, reported to the Pirates on Monday and will be available out of the bullpen Monday night against the Detroit Tigers. He replaced Jhan Mariñez in the Pirates’ bullpen, but despite their similar profiles, it seems that Kontos is in line to take a much larger role.

“He can pitch the seventh inning, he can pitch the eighth inning, he can pitch tied, he can pitch one run down, one run up,” manager Clint Hurdle said Monday afternoon. “Those are the roles that he’s pitched in the last year plus with Bruce (Bochy in San Francisco). The numbers speak for themselves the last...

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