The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled left-handed reliever Josh Smoker in time for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. No other move had to be made due to Joe Musgrove going on the disabled list yesterday.

Smoker pitched with the Pirates earlier this season, giving up four runs in four innings over five appearances. Since joining Indianapolis, he has a 2.59 ERA in 31.1 innings over 28 appearances, with 35 strikeouts, a .203 BAA and a 1.05 WHIP.

The bench remains a player short, but Clay Holmes is on the mound tonight for his first big league start, and not under ideal circumstances. So it made sense to bring up a reliever after the work the bullpen has put in the last three days.

Holmes has pitched just two innings in the last two weeks, which is a repeat of what he did wi...

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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.