Josh Lindblom Activated from Disabled List; Sent Outright to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated pitcher Josh Lindblom from the 10-day disabled list and he has been sent outright to Indianapolis. Lindblom had to clear waivers first before he could be sent outright, which opens up a spot on the 40-man roster. The Pirates will need to make a decision with Antonio Bastardo soon, as his rehab assignment is just one day away from the 30 days maximum allowed for pitchers on rehab.

Lindblom pitched 10.1 innings over four appearances before he was placed on the disabled list to open up a 25-man roster spot for Jhan Marinez . Lindblom has made seven relief appearances for Indianapolis since starting his rehab on May 27th (same day as Bastardo). He has a 5.40 ERA in 11.2 innings during that time.

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john fluharty

He has 7 walks in 10 innings and a WHIP of 1.59 in AAA. I hope they outright him like they did Lindblom.


I don’t think they could.
If no one claims him (and someone might due to $ not being as important to some teams), as a veteran, he has the right to refuse the designation and (I believe) still keep his salary.
So in essence, it would be like cutting him.


I agree, thinking Santana will be going back down. What do you guys think when Marte comes back on July 18th. Keep J-Hay at second and has Frazier off the bench?

Dale O

Marte to bench as 4th outfielder for the remainder of the year, then he competes for a starting job next spring if he’s not dealt before then.

He screwed the team, he’s irrelevant to a 2017 post season – he’s owed nothing. Make him earn it again.


Yes. Freese wasn’t intended to be the everyday 3B remember how he wore down late last year? He could easily use 1-2 games off each week. The OFers (Marte/Polanco for injury prevention and Cutch for age) could also use a game off a week.
I also think Frazier is wearing down in his first full year.

dr dng

I think Frazier has done a nice job while that other guy is suspended.

Does anyone want to guess what “that other guy” will do when he returns?

I think Frazier has shown that he can be an effective LH outfielder to start or fill in. Also, Osuna has also shown some value.



dr dng

Yes, him, What do you think he produces if and when he returns?


*Marte will be ready to play. Speed and doubles power. Watch out for weakened hamstring tendons


Hard to imagine a positive effort out of Bastardo, but if he wants to remain in the game in 2018, he damn well needs to impress some GM real quick. I really cannot define what he can bring to a team trying to make the playoffs except exasperation.

NH is thinking Watson will be gone at the trading deadline and the Pirates could need a LHRP. I’m sorry, but he is just too painful for me to watch.


They will bring him up and send down one of the younger guys to see if he has righted his ship…


I agree. Bring him back up for a month and hope he looks closer to his old self and hope you can deal him for pretty much anything.

dr dng

Any guesses what the Pirates do with Bastardo?

I like his attitude. Not as happy about performance.

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