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Pirates Place Francisco Liriano on the DL, Activate Stolmy Pimentel

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Francisco Liriano on the disabled list and have activated Stolmy Pimentel off the DL. Liriano suffered an oblique injury last night, and the time he will spend on the DL is unknown at this point. Pimentel got two rehab appearances, with his last one being three shutout innings in Altoona, giving up three hits, one walk, and striking out five.

It will be interesting to see what the Pirates do to replace Liriano in the rotation. Pimentel’s rehab saw one inning at Pirate City, two in Bradenton, and three in Altoona. They could possibly stretch him out further, going four innings the next time out, followed by a full start. Or they could just keep him as a reliever, and bring up Vance Worley, who has a 4.30 ERA in 46 innings in Triple-A, with a 43:4 K/BB ratio.

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Monsoon Harvard

Liriano was the worst starter so I’m not upset to lose him. I’d prefer Pimentel get sretched out. Actually, I wouldn’t mind seeing Kingham for a spot start. I’m less enthusiastic about Worley than most people. I know his control has been immaculate, but he can be very hittable at times. He was knocked around so bad in spring training and last season that I’m not going to be convinced he has been fixed until I see a lot more results.


Kingham’s still in AA, that will not happen.

Alex Henry

it won’t happen i believe but don’t forget that did that with Jeff Locke in 2012 AA to Majors then right back down Locke was not as high rated prospect as Kingham so it would be a mind blower if they did

dr dng

I would guess that the only problem with Worley is that I would guess that he is out of options and once we bring him up, we’d probably loose him if we had to send him down. I also believe he’d have to be added to the 40 man roster.


Brent Morel is still taking up a 40-man spot. As is Chris McGuiness. And honestly, with Josh and whichever of Tabata/Snider remains when Walker returns, do we really need to carry Jaff Walker? So the 40-man is not an issue.

Worley not having options left is an issue, however. Once you bring him up, you’re pretty much committed to sending down Hughes or Pimintel or DFAing Gomar once everyone is healthy again.

dr dng

From what I understand, Worley also gives us another good bat off the bench on his off days.


Give Worley a shot.


Pimentel needs to join the rotation. The rotation is turning into an absolute disaster, so give him a chance. He’s got much more upside than Worley. On Sunday I’d start Stolmy for 4-6 innings, Sadler for a few if needed, then send Sadler down for Mazzaro.

Pimentel as a reliever makes no sense. Plus Worley has been decent, but nothing special in AAA.


Worley’s Fielding Independent ERA (FIP) in AAA is well below 2.50 this year. I’d say that’s pretty good. Also the best K:BB ratio in the league. Don’t forget that Worley was a very good starter for the Phils a few years ago at the age of 23 before he had some arm trouble and then some control problems. That year he was 3rd in rookie of the year voting, among other things. If he’s back to anywhere near that form, he is the better option right now.


I agree. Pimentel might have more upside but honestly I would love to see what Worley can do. He’s been solid and that control would be huge for a pitching staff that has struggled in that’s department.

Scott Kliesen

I guess they bring up Worley to start on Sunday and send Sadler down. Pimentel stays in long relief role.

Lee Young

my guess, too, unfortunately.


Here’s hoping the Pirates stretch out Pimentel into a starter. No time like the present to see if he’s a long term solution for the rotation.

Lee Young

Yacht Man….I agree, but I don’t think the Bucs do.

Even though Stolmy could be a dud, Worley’s ceiling is much lower than SP’s.

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