The Pittsburgh Pirates brought back left-handed pitcher Steven Brault from the 10-day injured list on Tuesday evening, along with activating right-hander Richard Rodriguez, who was on the paternity list. To make room on the active roster, right-handed pitchers Dario Agrazal and Yefry Ramirez have been optioned to Indianapolis.
Brault suffered a left shoulder strain during a start last month against the Milwaukee Brewers. He made one rehab start with Indianapolis, allowing two runs over four innings. He also pitched one simulated game before the rehab start. This will actually be his third straight start (in the majors) against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Dario Agrazal has been in the rotation since Brault was injured. He got off to a nice start, posting a 2.25 ERA in his first three starts. However, in his last three starts, Agrazal gave up 13 runs over 14 innings.
Ramirez made one long relief appearance with the Pirates and gave up five runs (three earned) over 3.2 innings. He was up with the team for seven days.