Pirates Recall Cole Figueroa, Option Kyle Lobstein to Triple-A

After weeks of carrying an extra reliever in the bullpen with a shortened bench, the Pirates have evened out their roster. Today, they recalled infielder Cole Figueroa from Indianapolis, and optioned left-handed reliever Kyle Lobstein to Triple-A. The move now gives them the normal amount of relievers and bench bats.

Lobstein was actually the second left-hander in the bullpen, so the Pirates will only go with Tony Watson for now. That will probably change eventually when Cory Luebke finishes his rehab assignment in Triple-A. Luebke started his rehab on April 21st, and can go 30 days before being activated. He has to be up by May 21st, which means the Pirates would only be carrying one left-hander for a maximum of a week.

Figueroa adds some additional versatility to the bench, with the ability to play second, third, shortstop, and left field. The move to even out the bench was expected eventually, and the anticipated options were going to be either Figueroa or Jason Rogers. The versatility from Figueroa gives him more of a chance to be used, as Rogers would have been the backup right-hander at first base, the number three option at third base, and an option you don’t really want to see in the outfield.

  • By the end of this weekend the bullpen will be used up, except for Watson and Melancon who won’t be needed for their usual roles. Expect more moves Sunday to get some fresh arms in the pen. This is humiliating to not even be in games with the Cubs.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 13, 2016 7:37 pm

    Another horrific beat down today by the Cubs….in the current configuration, we are not even remotely competitive with them. I still don’t concede anything, as the season is long and they won’t play .700+ baseball all season – they will eventually have their downturn and you can never predict injuries.
    However, we match up very poorly – especially starting pitching wise – we’re not even in the same zip code with their rotation. A very sad state of affairs…

  • Personally I would’ve liked to see Lobstein stick at least through the Cubs series. He may suck, but he gives a different look and for all the complaining about him, the Cubs haven’t tagged him yet.

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD
      May 13, 2016 7:32 pm

      Maybe, but everybody else has…his ERA was around 5.00 and his control was spotty at best. He’s a soft tosser who is way to hittable in my opinion…how many pitchers that fit that description are successful in today’s MLB?

      • Used correctly, soft tossing lefties can be very effective. I’m not saying Lobstein is a quality talent, but he had a higher % of effective outings than Gas Cam so far.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 13, 2016 4:12 pm

    First place baby…with Figueroa now up. Way to excite and reignite the fans…..

  • Hmmmm….didn’t think the Pirates could afford to lose a reliever with how shaky the pitching staff is…but, if they were going to dump one…they chose well.

  • Should have been Rogers. And I’d rather see Rogers starting at 1b than Freese on Sunday vs Lester.

    • Never mind don’t think Rogers was eligible yet. Anyway hope Cole f comes through for us.

  • When Luebke comes up, I wonder who goes down? Shugel?