As expected since he was sent down two weeks ago, right-handed pitcher Nick Kingham has been promoted to make tonight's start against the San Diego Padres. Kingham pitched once in Indianapolis, then was moved to Altoona for his last start to remain on schedule for today's game.

Kingham debuted with the Pirates back in late April and nearly pitched seven perfect innings. Since then at three levels, he has allowed 11 runs over 16.1 innings.

Infielder Max Moroff was sent down to Indianapolis to make room for Kingham on the 25-man roster. Moroff hit .216/.256/.405 in 39 plate appearances over 16 games.

It's possible that Kingham's stay this time could be one day and the Pirates will play short-handed on the bench for just tonight. Josh Harrison appears ready to return after three reha...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.