Pirates Add Cumpton to 40-Man Roster; DFA Mike Zagurski

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Mike Zagurski has been designated for assignment. (Photo by: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to the 40-man roster for his start tonight. To make room, they have designated left-handed Mike Zagurski for assignment. The DFA of Zagurski also clears a spot for Cumpton on the 25-man roster.

The DFA of Zagurski doesn’t come as a surprise. In six innings he gave up ten earned runs and had a 5:8 K/BB ratio. The Pirates have two strong left-handers in the majors in Tony Watson and Justin Wilson. They also have some left-handed depth in the minors with Kris Johnson and Andy Oliver. It was good to take a chance on Zagurski due to his Triple-A numbers (2.14 ERA, 15.9 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 in 21 innings), but the Pirates aren’t in a position where they can give an extended look to a guy like Zagurski if he doesn’t initially perform.

I’m not convinced that Cumpton is only up for one start. The injury to A.J. Burnett leaves the pitching staff short. Jeanmar Gomez made his first rehab start the other night in Indianapolis. James McDonald has at least one more rehab start remaining. That would give Cumpton at least two starts in the majors. For more on Cumpton, check out my article from yesterday breaking down his pitches and development in the minor league system.

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I expect Cumpton to get one more start. After that they have a couple of days off and guys may start to come back from injury. Thanks Brandon. Keep working. Maybe you can get back up at some point.


I just hope the Pirates do not bring McDonald back and put him in the rotation, unless he earns it with quality rehab starts….


James (I think it was James) had some good ideas for J Mac in the podcast. Try him in the pen for middle innings. I don’t think you can trade him at this value and I don’t think you can just DFA him. And unfortunately I see nothing in his box scores that tell me he deserves a shot in the rotation for the time being.


Bullpen may be a possibility, but I would not want him pitching in any critical situations…he walks too many guys and he has not been effective. So, what is the point of doing that – and more importantly, who’s spot does he take? Reid? Mazzaro? They both have performed well. Plus, Gomez will soon be back…..

IMHO, he needs to earn whatever role he would have on the MLB team…not just given to him.

Bob Smith

I cant imagine anyone picking him up off waivers, except Toronto. Will he accept an assignment to minors if not?


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