Wandy Rodriguez went on the disabled list today, meaning the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to need a starting pitcher on Thursday. Jeff Locke made his start tonight for Indianapolis, so that starter won't be him. Casey Sadler is expected to make his start tomorrow for the Indians, which would remove him from the running.
The two players who are the top candidates for the starting role are Stolmy Pimentel and Brandon Cumpton.
Pimentel is in the majors, and currently has a 1.29 ERA in seven innings. That's a bit misleading, since he also has a 7.7 K/9 and a 5.1 BB/9 ratio in that stretch. Pimentel's average velocity has also been down, at 90.8 MPH this year, compared to 95.4 MPH last year in the majors. Both represent small sample sizes. In 2014, Pimentel has only thrown in three games....
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