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Ludwick to the DL, Thompson Called Up

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Ryan Ludwick on the 15-day disabled list today with mid-back muscle spasms.  The move is retroactive August 23rd.  As a corresponding move, they have also purchased the contract of left hander Aaron Thompson, who will make the start in today’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

I profiled Thompson earlier today.  Odds are that he will be up for one start, and will be sent down after the game, likely for a position player, since Ludwick’s move to the disabled list creates an open spot.  That spot could be filled by Alex Presley, who has been hitting well in a rehab appearance in AAA, and who would likely take over as the starter in the majors with Ludwick out.  Chase d’Arnaud is also a possibility to get the call, as he’s in the same situation as Presley.  The Pirates could also activate both, and demote Pedro Ciriaco and Aaron Thompson.

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Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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