This is nothing but speculation at this point, but it appears that Brandon Cumpton will be replacing Wandy Rodriguez for Thursday’s start in Pittsburgh. Rodriguez was placed on the disabled list this week, leaving the Pirates without a starter for Thursday. By process of elimination, Cumpton currently looks like the only option.
Jeff Locke made his start on Monday. Casey Sadler started last night with Indianapolis. Stolmy Pimentel pitched 1.2 innings in relief in last night’s game against the Reds.
The most important piece of information is that Cumpton was originally tonight’s scheduled starter for Indianapolis, but has now been removed from the schedule. So it’s a pretty safe bet that he will be going to Pittsburgh to make the start on Thursday.
UPDATE: The Pirates have confirmed that Cumpton is the probable starter.
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