After Wednesday’s game, the Pittsburgh Pirates placed right-handed reliever Keone Kela on the 10-day injured list. They won’t make a corresponding move until tomorrow. The move has been made retroactive to May 6th. He left Saturday’s game early due to right shoulder discomfort. Kela has a 4.63 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 11.2 innings over 14 appearances this season.
The Pirates also announced that outfielder JB Shuck has cleared waivers and has been sent outright to Indianapolis. Shuck hit .213/.339/.255 in 27 games before he was designated for assignment on May 4th to make room on the 40-man roster for Tyler Lyons.
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.