Meek Activated, Moskos Optioned to AAA

Moskos has been optioned to AAA with Meek returning.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated relief pitcher Evan Meek, and to create space on the 25-man roster, have optioned Daniel Moskos to Indianapolis.  Meek was placed on the disabled list at the end of April, with Moskos getting his first call to the majors to take Meek’s place at the time.  Moskos wasn’t used much, pitching 4.2 innings in five appearances in almost a month.  He allowed just one unearned run on two hits, with three walks and a strikeout.

Meek struggled early this season, allowing eight runs, five earned, on 12 hits in eight innings, with an 8:5 K/BB ratio.  In his rehab work with Indianapolis, he pitched four shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out six.

The only other viable candidate to create space for Meek would have been Jose Ascanio, who recently returned from a disabled list trip.  Regardless of whether it was Ascanio or Moskos, the Pirates were essentially swapping out one of the last men in the bullpen for their set-up guy to return.  Had it been Ascanio, he would have had to have been designated for assignment, as he is out of options.

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