The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed reliever Geoff Hartlieb from Indianapolis ahead of Thursday night’s game in Colorado. To make room on the 25-man roster, Montana DuRapau has been optioned to Indianapolis.
Hartlieb has been with the Pirates twice already this season and was one of the players likely to come up when the rosters expanded, so this just got him to the majors a few days sooner. He has an 8.65 ERA in 26 innings over 21 appearances with the Pirates, with a .358 BAA, that also comes with 28 strikeouts and a 1.88 GO/AO ratio.
DuRapau pitched yesterday and gave up four runs while recording two outs. He was with the team for one day this time, but it was his sixth time with the Pirates this season. Despite having a lot of success at Indianapolis, he has a 9.35 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP in 17.1 innings with the Pirates. The Pirates used four relievers yesterday and DuRapau wouldn’t have been available today, so he at least temporarily lost a roster spot, but could obviously be back next month.
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