Thompson and Underwood Rejoin Pirates; Manny Banuelos Acquired from Yankees

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated pitchers Duane Underwood Jr and Zach Thompson from the injured list ahead of Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. To make room on the 26-man roster, Yerry De Los Santos was placed on the 10-day injured list and Bryse Wilson was optioned back to Indianapolis after starting and winning yesterday’s game. Thompson is starting today’s game. Underwood was on the COVID-19 IL, while Thompson had right forearm nerve inflammation, which caused him to miss 15 days.

The Pirates also announced that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos from the New York Yankees for cash considerations. He was designated for assignment earlier this week. The 31-year-old Banuelos has pitched parts of three seasons in the majors, debuting with the Atlanta Braves in 2015, followed by 16 games for the 2019 Chicago White Sox and four games for the 2022 Yankees. He has allowed two runs in 8.1 innings this year. In Triple-A this season, he had a 2.35 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. At one time he was one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball, but his career has not panned out.

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.

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Re: Manny Bañuelos – I wonder if he gets an audition as a starter with the Bucs

He’s been solid as a starter for the past few years

This is a good acquisition


I’m not sure why people get so mad at these moves. Plenty of good relief pitchers were acquired this way.
The pirates need anyone who is lefty and can get people out, I’m excited to see this guy pitch.


Also everyone talks about how volatile relievers are, so why not try to catch a guy at a good time for no risk? Makes sense to me


When you got no bait, you aren’t going to lure any fish.


Pittsburgh Pirates … the island of broken toys


When did Yerry get hurt? Or is it one of those phantom injuries to limit innings?


It is reported to be Covid IL.


It must be COVID, since he went on the 10 day IL and not the 15 Day Pitcher IL.

Wilbur Miller

Yerry has roster discomfort.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

He showed up Bednar the other night, closing out his game. They didn’t like that.


Why not? Can Banuelos be any worse than some of the other lefties trotted out there the last couple of years?

Wilbur Miller

We always set the bar high on GMBS’ Pirates!


Does it hurt to take a look? I’m pretty sure the GM can spell DFA.

Wilbur Miller

Too bad he can’t spell anything else.

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