The Pittsburgh Pirates activated pitcher Nick Mears from the 60-day Injured List on Saturday and optioned him to Indianapolis. The Pirates had an open spot on the 40-man roster, so no other move needed to be made.
Mears has had a rough seasons while returning from a minor Spring Training elbow surgery. He went through two separate rehabs with both Bradenton and Indianapolis each time. He had some rough outings in each place as well, resulting in a 6.89 ERA, a 14:21 BB/SO ratio and a 1.85 WHIP in 15.2 innings over 18 appearances. If he can get on track over the next few weeks, he can be an option when the rosters expand in September to 28 spots. He had a 5.01 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP in 23.1 innings over 30 appearances with the Pirates last year.