Prior to Sunday’s afternoon game against the St Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates placed left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny on the 15-day Injured List. Right-handed pitcher Yohan Ramirez has been recalled to take his spot on the 26-man roster.
Zastryzny had made seven appearances for the Pirates this season. He has pitched 5.2 innings total, allowing five runs on six hits, five walks and six strikeouts. He is listed as having left elbow discomfort.
Ramirez had a 3.67 ERA over 27 innings for the Pirates last year. He made 22 relief appearances, finishing with a 1.30 WHIP and a 21:13 SO/BB ratio.
He has been pitching well for Triple-A Indianapolis this season, allowing one earned run over 8.1 innings, with five hits, two walks and 14 strikeouts.
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.
Rule 5 guy figures to get more work during high leverage times with Zastryzny on the shelf.
These phantom injuries are really helping us out