Tyler Glasnow and Elias Diaz Recalled, A.J. Schugel Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled Tyler Glasnow on Saturday afternoon and optioned reliever A.J. Schugel to Indianapolis to make room on the 25-man roster. Glasnow will make his second Major League start today against the Philadelphia Phillies and his first one in Pittsburgh.

Schugel has a 3.94 ERA in 48 innings over 33 appearances with the Pirates. He has 41 strikeouts and a 1.10 WHIP. He has hit a little rough patch recently, allowing runs in three of his last four appearances.

In other roster news, Eric Fryer has been placed on the paternity list today. He will be replaced on the roster this weekend by Elias Diaz. Fryer has up to three days leave on the paternity list, though the Pirates have off on Monday, so he will only miss two games.

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Jonathan C

Ugh…Let’s get a double play here!

Jonathan C


Jonathan C

Phewww. Hopefully he settles down.


Why not Hughes or Caminero… Just not getting decisions recently they seem to be hoarding players rather than making baseball decisions.

Stephen Brooks

Hughes could be optioned without exposing him to waivers, but he’s also been more effective over the last month than Schugel. K rate climbing, BB rate falling, we’re starting to see more of the 2015 vintage Hughes.

Dale O

Congrats to the Fryers!





I hope you post this one more time!

Darren G

I would have preferred they cut bait with Caminero or Niese instead of Schugel.

Stephen Brooks

Caminero has been the much better pitcher for several weeks. Schugel is just now remembering that he’s AJ Schugel.


Really, what games have you been watching? Last Sunday in the bottom of the 10th inning he walked the first two batters he faced on 8 pitches, none of which were close (and one went to the backstop), and it was Schugel who came in and retired the side without a run scoring. That by itself was more impressive than anything Caminero has done this season.

Stephen Brooks

Past 30 days:

Caminero – 0.82 WHIP, 1.23 ERA, 2.87 FIP, 13 K, 2 BB.
Schugel – 1.10 WHIP, 3,29 ERA, 4.24 FIP, 8 K, 6 BB.

Two days ago Schugel faced 7 batters and only retired 2 of them, 3 scored. That turned a 5-4 deficit into a hopeless 8-4 hole. The Pirates scored what would have been the tying 5th run in the bottom of that 6th inning.

Two outings before that he gave up the dinger to Rendon, the outing before that he gave up a leadoff walk, single, and run scoring double play. Were you watching those games?

You cited the one bad outing in which Caminero issued the only 2 walks he’s allowed in a month. Even with that appearance he’s been the best bullpen arm over the last month by WAR. And Schugel has been the worst.


One bad outing in a month? I also remember Glasnow’s first start when Caminero came in with two guys on and promptly gave up a three run homer. Those two guys on got charged to Glasnow, but Caminero sure didn’t help. And Caminero gave up a run last night. Also interesting that you pick 30 days, because that leaves out Caminero’s appearances on June 17 and June 21 where he gave up two runs on four hits and four walks. For the season Schugel has a much better WHIP than Caminero and even has a better K/9 Innings ratio.

Stephen Brooks

And yet, he’s still better than AJ Schugel. By every objective performance measure. How about that.

IC Bob

I think they both stink!

eric i

I think Caminero was given more low leverage innings than Schugel was. Not comparing apples to apples here.

Stephen Brooks

For the season it’s pretty close, with Caminero getting slightly higher leverage innings on average (0.86 vs 0.78 gmLI). Over the last 30 days, Caminero has been given much higher leverage innings, with Schugel given the lowest leverage innings on the staff by far.


So WHIP and K/9 innings are not objective performance measures? Really?

Stephen Brooks

They absolutely are, and over the last 30 days Caminero has been a lot better than Schugel in both measures.


Don’t bother looking at the season to date, just the last 30 days which include Schugels worst appearance of the season. Got it.

Stephen Brooks

OK we’re just going to have to agree to disagree on this. It is absolutely undeniable that of the two pitchers, one (Caminero) is trending up and the other (Schugel) down.



But if you think what happened in April should be weighted equal to what’s been happening most recently when considering which reliever should remain in the pen, hey that’s your right.

There’s no way to prove this, of course, but I’d be willing to wager that 30 of the 30 front offices would rather have Caminero than Schugel over the next 2 months, all else being equal.

michael schalke

He’ll be back after they dump Locke/Niese.


Well that’s a surprise. Hadn’t heard any mention of an impending birth in the Fryer family.

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