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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Stolmy Pimentel To DL, Cumpton Sent Down, Mazzaro and Hughes Return

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and sent Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis. They recalled Jared Hughes and selected Vin Mazzaro off the Indianapolis roster, adding him to the 40-man roster.

The move with Pimentel is retroactive to Friday. He has pitched six times in relief, posting a 3.18 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in 11.1 innings.

Cumpton has made two starts for the Pirates, including Thursday night, so he wasn’t going to be available to pitch the next couple days. By adding Vin Mazzaro back to the 40-man roster and calling him up, the Pirates have an eight man bullpen for the weekend. Mazzaro was the last cut during Spring Training and the Pirates were able to keep him in the organization after he cleared waivers and accepted a spot in Indianapolis.

Jared Hughes has already been back and forth between the Pirates and Indianapolis a couple times this year. He made two appearances with the Pirates, throwing 2.1 shutout innings. For Indianapolis, he allowed just one run in 7.2 innings and he’s picked up four saves.

The 40-man roster is now full.

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Monsoon Harvard

That probably isn’t the end of the moves since they need a starter for Monday. I guess Jeff Locke is the most likely guy. Who leaves to get him up, Gomez?

R Edwards

Who would have thought after their performance last year, that one month into this season we would not have even one dependable starter – not one. Biggest disappointment so far into the season. Liriano’s ERA is almost 5, Cole’s is inching close to 4, Morton has reverted to pre-2013 form, Wandy was a train wreck, and Volquez started strong – but got shelled in his last start. You could argue that Crumpton has been their best starter – although limited to two starts. If he had a major league quality RF in his last start, he would have had a shutout going into the 7th against the Orioles – a very good hitting team.


And Volquez was 1.93 going into the start at St Louis which would have been much better if our infield was able to turn a critical DP – they did not and 4 additional runs scored afterward. So he goes today with a 3.21 ERA which is definitely more than we ever hoped for when he was signed for $5 mil which is par for the course for a No. 5 SP. He and Cumpton have done very well.

Liriano came in as our No. 1, Cole as No. 2, and Morton as No. 3. Many of us were not sure if Liriano was a true No. 1, but probably the same amount of us thought that Morton would be better than a routine No. 3. Both came into 2014 with the “every-other-year” syndrome. Nobody knows why, but their numbers from year to year fluctuate wildly and we all thought that this was the year they would break that trend. But . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?????? Cole is a true No. 2 right now, and will be our No. 1 in 2015. He pitches well most of the time and he is aggressive on the mound, at the plate, on the bases, in the dugout, and is impossible not to like. We have multiple positive options for the bottom of our Rotation. We need for Liriano and Morton to break the mold and step up and hopefully very soon.

R Edwards

I love how Cole pitches and attacks hitters – win or lose, I would much rather see that than a nibbler like Morton who does not seem to pitch with conviction He seems easily unglued. I’m just not a fan of Morton, even though he did pitch well last year. If Liriano cannot get close to back to last year’s form, we have no chance this year. He needs to be able to pitch effectively and eat up some innings. Personally, i would rather have Cumpton in the rotation over Morton – I like how he pitches inside and will even knock a batter down if he crowds the plate. I cannot recall Morton ever doing much of that. Cumpton was very impressive against a very tough Orioles lineup. Wandy? Has not looked good so far in his rehab, so his status is still up in the air. Our only other MLB ready starter options are Gomez (please, no!!), Locke (erratic), and who else?? Pimentel? Totally an unknown commodity and now hurt.

R Edwards

Gomez should have been dropped now…and Cumpton kept in the rotation.

S Brooks

The beginning of the end for Mr. Gomez. You don’t add Vinny Mazzaro to the 40-man unless you intend to keep him around – he’s not likely to make it through waivers again. And once Grilli and Stolmy are back, someone in that bullpen is going home.

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