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Pirates Recall Casey Sadler; Alex McRae Optioned to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler prior to Sunday’s game. To open a spot on the 25-man roster, right-handed pitcher Alex McRae was optioned to Indianapolis.

Sadler was up late last month, which was his first time in the majors since 2015. He was only with the Pirates for two days before being optioned to Indianapolis and didn’t get a chance to pitch.

McRae made his second appearance last night and allowed three runs over 3.1 innings. With Tyler Glasnow and Steven Brault both gone, that meant the Pirates would have been without a long relief option today. Sadler, who last pitched 1.1 innings in relief four days ago, is available for that role.

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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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