Pirates Option Austin Meadows to Indianapolis; Recall Tanner Anderson

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned Austin Meadows to Indianapolis on Sunday. To take his place on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson has been recalled.

This move with Meadows has been expected with the All-Star break coming up and him not starting recently. It came a day earlier due to the bullpen getting a lot of work during yesterday’s doubleheader when everyone except Steven Brault pitched. Anderson has pitched just one inning in the last seven days, so if he’s needed to go multiple innings today, he’s available for that role.

Meadows is hitting .250/.288/.317 over his last 34 games and hasn’t started in a week, so it will do him well to get regular at-bats. It will also help the Pirates avoid Super-2 status with him, as his unexpectedly early call-up this year was about two weeks too soon, but necessary at the time. I would expect to see him back some time after the trade deadline.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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