Pirates Activate Colin Holderman; Option Cody Bolton

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a bullpen move prior to Friday’s night game against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park. Reliever Colin Holderman has returned from a trip to the 15-day Injured List for a right wrist injury. He takes the spot of right-handed pitcher Cody Bolton, who has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Holderman missed the minimum amount of time with his injury. He has made 26 appearances for the Pirates this season, posting a 4.01 ERA, a .297 BAA, a 1.50 WHIP and a 28:7 SO/BB ratio in 24.2 innings.

His last outing skewed those numbers a bit, as he went into the game with a 3.00 ERA. He was then placed on the IL immediately after that game.

Bolton has been with the Pirates three times already this year, totaling 27 days on the roster. He has made six appearances, allowing 11 runs on 17 hits, ten walks and eight strikeouts in nine innings.

He has a 2.27 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, a .213 BAA and 26 strikeouts in 26 innings with Indianapolis this year.

Minor Moves

There were some minor league moves for the FCL Pirates that were posted today, but listed as occurring yesterday.

Catcher Darwin Baez has joined the FCL Pirates, though he was placed on the Temporary Inactive List. He has not played yet this season. Catcher Axiel Plaz was on the 7-day IL, which wasn’t even posted before they updated that he was taken off of the IL yesterday. He played his first game in ten days yesterday.

Infielder AJ Graham was placed on the 7-day IL. The 2021 18th round pick has played a total of 15 games in his three seasons, some of those off of the bench. He has an .088/.184/.118 slash line in 38 plate appearances for the 2021-23 FCL Pirates.

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