Pirates Activate Jared Hughes, Option Vic Black

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Jared Hughes has been recalled. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Jared Hughes from his rehab assignment with Indianapolis, and have optioned Vic Black to Triple-A.

Hughes was on a rehab assignment, and from all of the reports I’ve received he has been pitching very well. His sinker has been looking like the sinker he had when he first came up, and not the version we saw earlier in the year. He dealt with control problems earlier in the year as well, and those have been reduced.

Black only threw four innings while he was up, with a 6.75 K/9 and a 4.5 BB/9 ratio. The Pirates didn’t seem comfortable using him in anything outside of a low-leverage situation. I’m guessing Hughes will be used in all situations, including some time in the seventh or eighth innings. Based on the reports I’ve received, I wouldn’t be surprised if the pre-2013 version of Hughes returns.

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And don’t say ” but Justin Wilson ” to me,he has what 60 or so innings already ?


There aren’t any Managers in MLB at the present time who are going to use a rookie reliever in high leverage situations in the middle of a pennant race. If so,let me know who he might be please.

Andrew Smalley

That’s not even remotely true.

Andrew Smalley

This move isn’t a huge deal (unless you are right and Hughes gets pitched in high-lev situations), but it’s a bad move. Hurdle not being *comfortable* w/ the better pitcher is more of an indictment on him than Black himself.

Hughes, in his ‘good year’, struck out less than 6/9IP, almost gave up a HR/9 – despite being a GB pitcher, and had an FIP over 4. He had an obscenely low BABIP rate of .250 and an above-avg strand rate of 75%. Essentially, he was ‘good’ on smoke-n-mirrors, not stuff.

Black, on the other hand, has the stuff to pitch in high-lev situations, depsite the 4 innings pitched this year. His MiLB track record this year is indicative of much more potential than a GB pitcher who doesn’t strike anyone out and who has been, to date, even in his ‘good’ year, not very good.

If Hughes is pitched in close games, Hurdle should be criticized for it. And, he should be criticized for this move, as I presume this is more in response to who he is ‘comfortable’ with, as opposed to a move that NH demanded. If the latter is true, it’s on NH, then.

Dumb move.

Bob Smith

I agree, but the potential is there. I think still will be a sept. Callup and will eat some innings like he did last night. Just to rest our bullpen a little. They might also let him pitch to some high k guys for some work here and there. In September there is more chances to get the reliever to pitch to one batter


Black’s fastball looked very straight to me. I’m sure a lot of it was nerves and inexperience, but IMO he isn’t somebody we can count on down the stretch to pitch any meaningful innings.

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