The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to Indianapolis. With the off-day on Monday, no corresponding move was announced.

Stallings was called up for the second time this season when Francisco Cervelli was placed on the disabled list on Thursday. He didn’t get into any games this time with the Pirates, though he started two games earlier in June during the first time he was called up. Expect a second move to be announced prior to tomorrow’s game, but we will update this article if anything is announced earlier.

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  1. Huntington always says he only gives roster spots to players who deserve them. Can’t believe Bastardo is someone who deserves a roster spot over someone elseIf so then our farm system is really bad. Has he seen how many teams have had to eat salaries to put best team on field. Moves like this really turns fans off.

  2. Whether it is Bastardo or another, does it make a difference? This team hit better and pitched better in June, but the record still shows that we are 6 games under .500 which is how we ended May. On the active roster 12 of the 25 are at least 30 years old – we are talented and experienced enough, but cannot seem to get it done.

    It is quickly approaching that time where this ballclub will have to make some tough decisions regarding the future of this franchise. If they do not get younger, then expect more of the same in 2018. Right now, the Pirates have the best SP available with 2.5 years of control. The return should be Sale-like. Houston is loaded, as are the Dodgers, Yankees, and Red Sox.

    This is the time when a team needs to realize their shortcomings and try to minimize the ill effects of a rebuilding effort. My preference would be a trade with Houston and I would be looking at kids like Kyle Tucker, 20, OF; Freudis Nova, 17, SS; Yordan Alvarez, 20, 1B, etc. With an Ace like Cole, you have to aim very high. And, with Urias losing 2017 and most of 2018 with TJ, you can bet the Dodgers are anxious also. All the Yankees have is all of those players they got from the Cubs and Indians last year. Just thinking . . . .

  3. If Stallings and Stewart were waived at the same time, I wonder which one would be picked up first?

  4. Bastardo started yesterday for Indy. He threw 36 pitches and only got 2 outs. That must have taken 1 hour. This is our bullpen help?

    • I don’t want to see the guy in Pittsburgh again either, but this hardly seems like it was entirely on him…

      “Indianapolis lost 4-2, as three unearned runs in the seventh proved to be the difference. Antonio Bastardo started this game on the last day of his rehab assignment. He couldn’t get out of the first inning, though that was more the fault of the sun, with Jackson Williams dropping a pop up that cost him extra pitches along with Anderson Feliz being unable to catch a pop up with two outs.”

    • The bullpen needs help and I would say he is as good or bad a bet as anyone except for Rivera right now. And as a bonus, if he strings together a few good weeks, he could return a possible middling prospect.

    • Yep. Theyll prob just go with the extra pitcher for 2 weeks until the All Star break. Then only 1 more week until Marte is back.

        • Or Leblanc, he hasn’t looked great lately and no need for three lefties in the pen if they’re all struggling (watson, bastardo and leblanc)

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