Pirates Place Yefry Ramirez and Chris Stratton on Injured List

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that before Thursday’s game in Colorado, they have placed right-handed pitchers Chris Stratton and Yefry Ramirez on the injured list. To take their place on the active roster, both Montana DuRapau and Parker Markel have been recalled from Indianapolis.

Stratton’s injury is described as right side inflammation, while Ramirez has a right calf strain. Markel was just sent down two days ago, but he was eligible to return early due to a player going on the injured list.

DuRapau has pitched well in Indianapolis with a 1.83 ERA and an 0.72 WHIP in 36 relief appearances, but he has struggled with the Pirates, posting a 7.56 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP over 16.2 innings. Markel didn’t pitch for Indianapolis, so his last appearance was a shutout inning for the Pirates five days ago. The Ramirez injury could be more about getting someone who can get innings in the bullpen, since he wouldn’t have been available for five days due to throwing four long innings last night.

In other news, Matt Eckelman moved up to Indianapolis (his second stint with the team), while Shea Murray moved up to Altoona. The Bradenton season ends tonight, so there was no need for further moves. The minor league season has just four days remaining, so neither player will see significant innings with their new club.

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