The Pittsburgh Pirates added right-handed pitcher Montana DuRapau to the roster ahead of Sunday’s game in Williamsport, PA. Teams are allowed to add one position player for this game, so DuRapau actually replaces shortstop Cole Tucker, who was then recalled for this game as the 26th man.
I’m not sure why the Pirates felt the need to manipulate the rules to get a reliever with a 7.24 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP up to the majors for one game in mid-August, but they did just that here. Jason Martin seemed like the logical addition for this game, since teams are allowed to add one POSITION PLAYER for the Little League Classic and he’s the only healthy one on the 40-man roster. Seems like too much thought went into this move for a last place team playing out the string.
The Pirates actually have 25 active players today, with Jose Osuna serving game four of his five-game suspension tonight.