The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Friday morning that they have optioned reliever A.J. Schugel to Indianapolis. That move leaves the active Spring Training roster at 30, with Opening Day now three days away.
Schugel pitched well for the Pirates as a rookie in 2016, posting a 3.63 ERA, with a 1.04 WHIP, 46 strikeouts and a .216 BAA in 52 innings over 36 appearances. He struggled a little in Spring Training over ten appearances, with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP in 9.2 outings. The 27-year-old righty should be one of the first pitchers up if the bullpen needs help in Pittsburgh. Of the current group slated for the Indianapolis bullpen, he is the only one with recent Major League success.
Here are the current 30 players left in camp: