The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled reliever Dovydas Neverauskas and outfielder Jordan Luplow, who join the team tonight in Chicago, as they take on the Cubs. To make room on the 25-man roster, reliever Johnny Barbato has been optioned to Indianapolis and INF/OF Adam Frazier has been placed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, which occurred in yesterday’s game.

Neverauskas has already had multiple stints with the Pirates this season, joining them now for the fifth time. He has made just nine appearances over that time, allowing four runs over 11.2 innings. He pitched for Indianapolis on both Friday and Saturday, throwing 27 pitches total. That Friday game was four days after his last appearance with the Pirates, so he should be fine for two innings tonight if needed.

Luplow went 0-for-9 with a walk in his brief stint with the Pirates last month. Since being sent back to Indianapolis, he has hit .326/.396/.465 in 23 games.

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  1. Did I hear right the other day that with the new CBA the Pirates can’t be crafty with roster moves the next few days, meaning we can’t option Williams to Bristol tomorrow to get another bench player or bullpen arm for the rest of Cubs series?

  2. How many times can they call Neverauskas up and send him back to Indy? Won’t he run out of options some time soon?

  3. You would think young players learn more in big leagues. Not on this team. catchers should control the rhythm of their pitchers. Both Kuhl and taillon are permitted to rapid fire without catcher control. One ball leads to another, another and another.

      • Good example – SRod 4 for 13 with 2 HR in his first 4 games. Since then 4 for 28, batting average of .143, 14 strikeouts.

        Freese has done well, but he is 34; Jaso has been a lot less than last year and will turn 34 in a few days; SRod has already been covered and he is 32; Stewart has been a solid back-up but he is now 35. These guys are all looking back at their best years – time to put them on the bench and play the kids who may have a future if given the opportunity.

        And, no trend to youth will be meaningful until Hurdle is fired.

    • Good point and can Luplow return to 3B? As a 3B in 2015 at Lo A he played almost 90 games at 3B, .910 fielding percentage, 21 errors. But the Pirates signed Kang and he played well in 2015, and, with a 4 year contract, no real need to continue to try to develop Luplow into a 3B. Osuna is another 3B candidate.

      • Unless there’s some reason why Osuna will clearly fail and its a waste of time to try him at 3B, I agree 100% with this suggestion.

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