PITTSBURGH – The Pirates have placed Cory Luebke on the 15-day disabled list with right hamstring tightness, and have recalled Rob Scahill prior to today’s game.

Luebke dealt with a hamstring issue during Spring Training, but was able to return and ended up winning a spot on the team, thanks to a fastball that was hitting 94 MPH and a slider that was at 86. He showed some promise in his debut this year, with that stuff showing up, but some control problems. He struggled in his first inning on Tuesday, giving up a home run and a walk, but got through the second inning of work with just a single. The control problems showed up last night, as he walked three in the ninth inning, giving up two runs and getting just two outs.

It’s hard to say how much the hamstring issues impacted him, especially this week. His stuff gives him a lot of potential value as the second lefty in the bullpen, but that doesn’t work if his walk rate (5 BB in 3.1 IP) is as high as it is right now.

Scahill was actually in line to be called up last night instead of A.J. Schugel, but was on paternity leave. The Pirates called up Schugel instead, who pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief. Scahill can hit upper 90s with his fastball, and can pitch multiple innings in relief. With the bullpen getting a lot of usage the last two days, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him used in the next few days, if needed.

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  1. We need a game thread on this site daggonnit. I’m at work with the game up on MLB Gameday and need to discuss it with someone.

  2. I am not overly concerned about anyone on the offensive side, but if we continue to use our bullpen for 4+ innings per game we are going to be in deep shit come July. I don’t care how many multiple inning relievers we have available, if they have thrown 70 innings by the All Star break, or are as ineffective as they have shown so far this season, we will not be a competitive team in the second half of the year.

  3. Luebke was in a really tough situation trying to pitch against major league hitters after almost 4 years out of the majors. Now he will have time in the minors on a rehab stint when he is ready to start pitching again.

      • Cutch I’m not worries about. He’s got a large body of work to deal with. Jay-Hay has a hot half-season from 2014 and that’s it.

        • 2015 was adequate for a starting 2Bmen so long as the defense if solid.

          One of those “average” regulars that doesnt wow you but is needed to supplement all star types.

          • I agree with that but he’s frustrating the heck out of me right now. He’s batting 1000 with the bases empty and choking with runners on.

    • I’m starting to wonder when/if we will get called on the fact that there are a lot of hard to prove injuries like “arm fatigue” or “hamstring tightness” that happen to pop up when we need to make a roster move.

      Or maybe every team does it and I just wouldn’t ever notice it when another team is doing the same thing.

    • It’s an amazing injury. I think it is caused by the locker room in PNC. The stools are 3/4″ shorter than regulation.

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