The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny off of the 15-day injured list ahead of Friday’s home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. To make room on the active roster, infielder/outfielder Miguel Andujar has been designated for assignment.
Zastryzny last pitched for the Pirates on April 15th. Prior to his elbow injury, he made seven appearances totaling 5.2 innings. He allowed five runs on six hits and five walks, with six strikeouts.
Zastryzny needed just one rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis before being activated from the IL. He tossed a shutout inning in that game.
Andujar joined the Pirates on April 29th. He was hitting .284/.364/.500 in 99 plate appearances over 23 games for Indianapolis at the time. He ended up playing 13 games for the Pirates, hitting .161/.212/.387 over 33 plate appearances. He homered in his first two games with the Pirates, then went 1-for-26 the rest of the way.
He is likely going to remain with the Pirates. He has cleared waivers before due to his $1.525M salary, so that is probably going to happen again after he struggled through his big league time. He’s not going to give up that salary, so he should report to Indianapolis.
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Too bad about Andujar. I was hoping he might turn things around but he deserves the demotion.
I thought signing him was a good gamble, despite the low OBP. Certainly better than the pattern of signing former 1st rounders who never had success in MLB.
I agree. He was 4 for 8 in April. Then went hitless in his next 4 starts. After that he played sparingly and looked out of sync. I still thought Palacios would have been the next to get sent down.
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My detailed analysis of these moves:
If there’s a chance we see less of DUJ then I’m ecstatic
Eric Hosmer was assigned as well, a low risk flier to spell Santana against RH pitchers until Choi is back, or is Hosmer that bad? I’m thinking that bad….
Can’t stand the guy. He’s a meathead jock who would disrupt whatever good feelings exist in the Bucs clubhouse.
Hosmer is much much much better than Choi. Is he worth what we’d have to pay? no
He’ll cost the minimum if outright, I believe.
I think the Padres are on the hook for the $30M or so left on his horrible contract. And I don’t see him being any better than Choi.
would rather see Mason Martin get some at bats
Once he starts dominating AA then maybe.