The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few roster moves on Thursday afternoon, one expected and a couple unexpected ones. Starling Marte has been activated from the Paternity List, which means Alen Hanson returns to Indianapolis. That move was basically announced when Marte was put on the list, with Clint Hurdle saying that Hanson will be up for 72 hours before returning to Indianapolis.
The move that wasn’t expected was Wilfredo Boscan being added to the 40-man roster and taking the 25-man roster spot of reliever Cory Luebke. To open up a spot for Boscan, the Pirates placed Elias Diaz on the 60-day disabled list. That will have no effect on Diaz, as he will miss a lot more than 60 days total before he returns to action (he’s already at 47 days).
Boscan was scheduled to start tomorrow for Indianapolis. It is assumed he is available for tonight despite pitching six innings just four days ago. He was called up three times last year without getting into a game. Boscan has a 2.48 ERA in 40 innings, with a 1.08 WHIP, a 4:31 BB/SO ratio and a 1.90 GO/AO ratio. He has never pitched in the majors.
Luebke was with Indianapolis on rehab until recently and only pitched once for the Pirates after being recalled. He gave up three runs in his only appearance on Monday, recording just one out.